“Misinformation” campaigns directed by big industrial polluters are a key enabling factor behind the “dirty weather” currently being attributed to climate change, former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday in a special announcement.
Gore said his climate action group, the Climate Reality Project, would kick off its second annual “24 Hours of Climate Reality” on Nov. 14. Last year’s event featured speakers in every time zone around the world “connecting the dots” between weather-related events and climate change, in an effort to “set the record straight.” The group said that about 8 million people watched in 2011, but they’re shooting for an even bigger audience this year by focusing on more direct participation from around the globe and greater emphasis on social media interactions.
“We face a global crisis of unprecedented proportions,” Gore said in filmed remarks to the Social Good Summit in New York City this weekend. “We are dumping 90 million tons of heat-trapping carbon pollution into the atmosphere every 24-hours, and it is altering our climate. Now we find ourselves living in what scientists call a ‘new normal’ of more extreme weather that’s happening all over the world with increasing frequency. And the results — fire, flood, drought, crop and livestock devastation, refugees, just to mention a few — impact everyone, everywhere. But like all crisis, this one includes opportunity as well as danger.”
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