A decidedly upbeat follow-up to the former vice president’s groundbreaking 2006 book, An Inconvenient Truth.
For more than a decade, Gore (The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, 2013, etc.) has been training grass-roots activists in ways to take action against the climate crisis. In this highly accessible, brightly illustrated companion to his new movie, the author makes a strong case for the realities of global warming, the existence of credible solutions, and hope that the world will find the will to act. The book is based on Gore’s Climate Reality Project, which has taught thousands of activists worldwide how to promote understanding of global warming. It will appeal chiefly to readers who are sympathetic to the cause and looking for ways to join in. Gore is strongest in the how-to sections on the most effective ways to write, petition, take action online, and so forth, and he offers an important discussion of the best ways to respond to the arguments of climate change deniers. Although evidence of climate change continues to worsen (rising temperatures, more rain, droughts, wildfires, etc.), bringing “unprecedented harm,” and fossil fuels still provide 80 percent of the world’s energy, Gore cites much progress—e.g., in the U.S. in 2016, “70 percent of all new electricity-generating capacity came from solar and wind.” The author also offers some 20 profiles of climate activists of all ages, from Alabama, the Philippines, Switzerland, and elsewhere, who make vivid and concrete the reality of a growing grass-roots movement. Similarly, images and stories in the book—from a photo of a roadside electric charging station in California to accounts of the “greening” of diverse cities and other places—offer signs of progress. A discussion of ways to imitate the successes of anti-smoking campaigns suggests the climate movement’s growing sophistication.
A powerful how-to package for aspiring activists.