First, become an advocate and speak up when opportunities arise. Be part of the informed electorate.
Second, alter all destructive quotidian habits that seem incidental to better ones that help the environment. Use forms of renewable energy, avoid polluting the atmosphere as much as possible.
Third, join advocate organizations like Gore's own Alliance for Climate Protection--there is power in numbers to combat the tough, relentless lobbies of corruption that militate for destructive policies and expenditures constantly and forcefully.
Fourth, pummel the press, which is such putty in the hands of the persistent because, despite the pressures of corruption, "many of them are surprisingly responsive to a genuine outpouring of opinion from their viewers and readers."
And finally, as for "the forces that be," our political system, "it is not so far gone that candidates and elected officials don't have to pay attention to persistent, engaged and committed individuals."
Powerful images of ravished reality as well as hypotheticals should remain in the popular discourse--within observations like
"It is not uncommon for the nightly newscast to resemble a nature hike through the Book of Revelation"--
as much as Armageddon has occupied so many minds courtesy of yellow press.
Appealing to no less of a historical figure than FDR, Gore wrote that "[he] once told civil rights leaders who were pressing him for change that he agreed with them about the need for greater equality for black Americans. Then, as the story goes, he added with a wry smile, 'Now go out and make me do it.'"
It took awhile and much remains to be done to combat racism but, Gore warns, where the environment is concerned we are each day, more and more, spending whatever capital remains to us and it is time to act, not simply agree. Our thoughts and words must grow wings.
That dove I wrote about earlier today must come back to us with a scion of renewable energy in its beak, instead of a feather soaked in polluted oil.
As a politician, Gore has brought down much disapproval upon himself and I am full of questions he'll never answer, but in this area, the future of civilization as we know it, his findings are irrefutable and his unceasing efforts fully worth the Nobel prize he was awarded--the prize for peace--something we crave at every level of existence.
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