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Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Alex Steffen, 6 Apr 08

Quote of the day:

"We must abandon the conceit that individual, isolated, private actions are the answer. ...That means adopting principles, values, laws and treaties that release creativity and initiative at every level of society..."

-Al Gore, in his Peace Prize lecture

Here are two longer passages in full"

"We must abandon the conceit that individual, isolated, private actions are the answer. They can and do help. But they will not take us far enough without collective action. At the same time, we must ensure that in mobilizing globally, we do not invite the establishment of ideological conformity and a new lock-step "ism."

That means adopting principles, values, laws, and treaties that release creativity and initiative at every level of society in multifold responses originating concurrently and spontaneously.

This new consciousness requires expanding the possibilities inherent in all humanity. The innovators who will devise a new way to harness the sun's energy for pennies or invent an engine that's carbon negative may live in Lagos or Mumbai or Montevideo. We must ensure that entrepreneurs and inventors everywhere on the globe have the chance to change the world."

"By facing and removing the danger of the climate crisis, we have the opportunity to gain the moral authority and vision to vastly increase our own capacity to solve other crises that have been too long ignored.

We must understand the connections between the climate crisis and the afflictions of poverty, hunger, HIV-Aids and other pandemics. As these problems are linked, so too must be their solutions. We must begin by making the common rescue of the global environment the central organizing principle of the world community."

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The mans has a point. We should be out there helping others in need.


Posted by: Swebb on 8 Apr 08



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