Al Gore notoriously used multimedia to bring global warming to the public’s attention: Millions of people woke up to the climate crisis thanks to the world’s most famous Power Point presentation. An Inconvenient Truth thrust climate into the national discourse, forever branding global warming as an issue we could no longer ignore. But even though we’ve stopped ignoring it, we’re still confused, even apathetic about it. And that’s where 24 Hours of Reality comes in. Gore’s second major climate-themed media event will seek to cut through the haze of confusion and denial, and to the core of what’s really happening right now. Watch it right here, starting at 7 pm (Central) tonight.
Our media has irresponsibly sensationalized the topic as though it were ‘he-said-she-said’. Our politicians brazenly deny it exists to curry favor with corporate donors. Worse, neither are willing to link the recent extreme weather with climate change, even though scientists say we’re seeing exactly what we should expect in a warmer world.
The event will feature precisely what its namesake promises: 24 hours of programming, in 13 languages, all focused on climate change. Every hour will move to a new location — things kick off tonight in Mexico City (7 pm CST) and will move on to places as disparate as Pakistan, Cape Verde, and Alaska, before concluding at 7 pm tomorrow in New York City (where yours truly will be on the ground to cover the finale). In other words, it will certainly be a global event.
And none other than TreeHugger founder Graham Hill will be on hand in the studio for the 5-7 am segment, which will focus on the Solomon Islands, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea. So: night hawks, early risers, and international readers — be sure to tune in.
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Merchant, Brian. “Al Gore Launches 24 Hours of Climate Reality.” Treehugger Website. 14 Sep. 2011. Web 14 Sep. 2011.
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