November 17, 2013

H/T VL Baker

Al Gore is worried about the future. We're at a point, he says, where the very survival of civilization as we know it is at risk. But he's optimistic, too, for a number of reasons. Motherboard sat down with the world's most famous -- and certainly busiest -- vice president to talk about two possible futures.

In one, Americans kick-start an "Occupy democracy movement" to restore our political system, which Gore says has been "hacked," to come together to fight climate change. In the other, human civilization literally lies in ruin.

We're going to need serious political reform, a web-driven social movement, and the best available telecommunication and clean energy technologies in the days ahead, he says. And Gore's been thinking a lot about the future -- it's the name of his latest book, after all. His Climate Reality Project just launched a new initiative that artfully reveals the myriad things we stand to lose down the line as global warming advances.

It's unnerving to hear Gore talk about end times in only 100 years, however, 97 percent of the world's climate scientists agree that the dangers he describes are a result of human activity. And we're not slowing down.

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