Gore’s Nobel Speech: A Tipping Point

Yes, it will take you about 20 minutes of your time. But reading the entire text or watching the video of Al Gore’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech will be worth your investment. (Please consider signing the MoveOn.org petition to be presented by Mr. Gore to the assembled delegation at the Bali UN Climate Change Conference Dec 10 – 14).

It is the kind of historic moment in the life of our planet and species that I hope our great, great grandchildren will look back on and see as a turning point where we–at the eleventh hour–took on the daunting task of looking our demons in the eye.

Or will those future generations, such as they might be, look back on Mr. Gore’s words knowing sadly that too few cared too little to put aside their territorial and ideological differences long enough to avoid following to the death our misguided notions that we live more within our national boundaries than within our common planet’s atmosphere.

Do read or watch; bookmark or copy the speech text page, and send the links along to your children and others you love.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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