I really like Al Gore, and appreciate a morale-builder he shares with audiences, to soften some of the emotion climate change causes folks.
This is from an interview he gave Amazon:
“I often open the slideshow by talking about the ‘climate crisis.’ The English meaning of the word ‘crisis’ conveys alarm, but the Chinese and Japanese expressions use two characters together: the first means ‘danger,’ but the second means ‘opportunity…’ the opportunities are enormous.”
“We are beginning to see companies taking advantage of the new markets that are emerging as they innovate and put to market the technologies that we need to solve this crisis. Some have become ubiquitous, like the hybrid electric engine and compact fluorescent light bulb.”
(I would add that since he said this, the even-more-awsome LED light is replacing the flourescent generation… and at every step, a huge bonus: Jobs get created.)
Damn straight and well said, Vice President Gore, I’m there… One of our main aspirations for Global Warming for Busy People is to turn job seekers onto a world of interesting job opportunities waiting for them.
Those are in the various fields of advanced energy, Smart Cities, next-generation transportation… opportunities to work for Obi-Wan Kenobi and not Darth Vader are growing. And they tend to be quite good paying jobs, as well… the classic high wage/high skill jobs that every nation competes to bring to its shores.
One of GWBP’s sayings is: “To save the planet, invest your working life.” You’ll hear this over and over from us… Since you have to go to work anyway, might as well make it something you are proud of, right?
This is actually a very good time to see and exploit the opportunity inherent in danger.
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How does one get started saving the planet? Start by deeply knowing your own sources of personal power: 1) To save the planet, Change Yourself First; 2) To save the planet, Invest Your Working Life; 3) To save the planet, Use Your Voice and take advocacy seriously! Never miss a chance to vote, and never stop influencing your government and businesses locally, at the state level, and at the national level.
And in all cases and at all times, cast aside the learned-helplessness that infects so much of modern life…
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