An inconvenient sequel Truth to power : your action handbook to learn the science, find your voice, and help solve the climate crisis

Albert Gore, 1948-

Book - 2017

"...a daring call to action that details how the future of human civilization is under threat--and offers concrete advice for making your voice heard in the fight to solve the climate crisis at a moment when the solutions we need are emerging around the world."--Page 4 of cover.

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Published
New York, NY : Rodale [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
319 pages : illustrations, color, black & white, color map ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781635651089
1635651085
Main Author
Albert Gore, 1948- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Ever since the publication of An Inconvenient Truth (2006) and the release of the Academy Award–winning film of the same name, former vice president Gore has worked steadfastly and creatively on the climate-change front, closely attending to the increasingly obvious and dire manifestations of a warming planet; expertly supporting the equally rapid and hopefully corrective rise of the sustainable-energy industry; and avidly overseeing smart, positive, and effective programs and strategies for activists. In a new book and a new movie sharing the title An Inconvenient Sequel, he reports on the current state of the climate and the climate movement. Vibrantly illustrated with photographs and infographics, the book can and should be read before, after, or in lieu of seeing the film, its vital information readily accessible and useful in print. The scientific facts and dramatic planetary realities are freshly and vividly presented. A photograph from the International Space Station reveals how very thin the seemingly depthless sky really is, a mere eggshell into which we pump 110 million tons of global-warming pollution every day, producing the same amount of heat energy that would be generated by daily detonations of 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs. Gore charts the consequences of our heating up the atmosphere, including but not limited to the death of coral reefs, the melting of glaciers, the increase of droughts and floods, the loss of croplands and diminished crop yields, the spread of infectious diseases, and the increase in number, magnitude, and location of wildfires and extreme weather, precipitating the coinage of alarming new terms: megafire, superstorm, rain bomb. Severe heat and drought stoked the hellish civil war in Syria, as 60 percent of farms failed and 1.5 million hungry, thirsty people were forced off the land. The litany runs on. But Gore repeatedly asserts his optimism and soon switches to discussing solutions to this crisis, assuring us that we can make the necessary changes, and explaining with clarity and conviction precisely how. Gore runs the numbers and shows why the smart money is on sustainable energy, not fossil fuels. Green industries are where jobs and profits are found, so the shift to wind and solar power is as good for the economy as it is for the environment. Gore's thorough, candid, and pragmatic blueprint for positive change is tied his founding of the Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization that trains individuals to help raise awareness and campaign for innovation. Profiles of diverse climate leaders appear throughout the book, bringing the daunting effort down to human scale through remarkable tales of personal realization, commitment, discovery, and connection. Furthermore, Gore provides specific guidelines for productive activism, from talking with climate deniers to contacting politicians, writing opinion pieces, starting petitions, and being an effective online climate-change activist. The takeaway is Gore's convincing reminder that we are consummately adaptable and that "change itself is a renewable resource." This clarifying and inspiring call to stand with the facts and support the sustainable revolution belongs in every library. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Published to coincide with the release of the former Vice President's new documentary of the same name, a follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth shares updates on the role of humanity in triggering the planet's destruction and what everyday people can do to promote environmental health. Original. Movie tie-in.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Documents the pace and scope of global climate change and the consequences for the world if it is left unchecked, and proposes action steps for ordinary citizens to help change environmental policy.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A New York Times bestseller!The follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling An Inconvenient Truth and companion to Vice President Al Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this new book is a daring call to action. It exposes the reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and delivers hope through groundbreaking information on what you can do now.Vice President Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked. Follow Vice President Gore around the globe as he tells a story of change in the making. He connects the dots of Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters we’ve lived through in the last 10+ years—and much more. The book also offers a comprehensive how-to guide on exactly how we can change the course of fate. With concrete, actionable advice on topics ranging from how to run for office to how to talk to your children about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel will empower you to make a difference—and lets you know how exactly to do it. Where Gore’s first documentary and book took us through the technical aspects of climate change, the second documentary is a gripping, narrative journey that leaves you filled with hope and the urge to take action immediately. This book captures that same essence and is a must-have for everyone who cares deeply about our planet.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A New York Times bestseller!The follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling An Inconvenient Truth and companion to Vice President Al Gore's new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this new book is a daring call to action. It exposes the reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and delivers hope through groundbreaking information on what you can do now.Vice President Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked. Follow Vice President Gore around the globe as he tells a story of change in the making. He connects the dots of Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters we've lived through in the last 10+ years'and much more. The book also offers a comprehensive how-to guide on exactly how we can change the course of fate. With concrete, actionable advice on topics ranging from how to run for office to how to talk to your children about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel will empower you to make a difference'and lets you know how exactly to do it. Where Gore's first documentary and book took us through the technical aspects of climate change, the second documentary is a gripping, narrative journey that leaves you filled with hope and the urge to take action immediately. This book captures that same essence and is a must-have for everyone who cares deeply about our planet.