Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis

Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis

by Al Gore

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Overview

It is now abundantly clear that we have at our fingertips all of the tools we need to solve the climate crisis. The only missing ingredient is collective will.

Properly understood, the climate crisis is an unparalleled opportunity to finally and effectively address many persistent causes of suffering and misery that have long been neglected, and to transform the prospects of future generations, giving them a chance to live healthier, more prosperous lives as they continue their pursuit of happiness.



Our Choice
gathers in one place all of the most effective solutions that are available now and that, together, will solve this crisis. It is meant to depoliticize the issue as much as possible and inspire readers to take action—not only on an individual basis but as participants in the political processes by which every country, and the world as a whole, makes the choice that now confronts us.

There is an old African proverb that says, "If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together."

We have to go far, quickly.

We can solve the climate crisis. It will be hard, to be sure, but if we can make the choice to solve it, I have no doubt whatsoever that we can and will succeed.

—AL GORE, from the introduction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594867347
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,252,052
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Current TV, an Emmy Award-winning, independently owned cable and satellite television news and information network for young people based on viewer-created content, citizen journalism, and investigative reporting. He is also cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. Gore is a partner with the venture capial firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a member of the Board of Directors of Apple, and a senior advisor to Google. He is a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and chairs a nonprofit organization designed to help solve the climate crisis-the Alliance for Climate Protection-to which he is donating 100 percent of his earnings from this book.

Gore was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and then to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served for eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, An Inconvenient Truth, and The Assault on Reason and was featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary. He was a corecipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Al Gore lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his wife, Tipper, have four children and three grandchildren.

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Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The hard right will likely lambast this without even reading it. The fossil fuel industry will belittle it and throw paid off scientists at it to refute it. The only problem is that they are speaking from emotion rather than fact or from the fear of losing their personal gains from it. Gore basically has compiled a lot of scientific fact in this and his earlier work on the subject and made it so that it is understandable by most. As inconvenient as it may be to those that stand to profit monetarily from our planets demise, this book tells the truth. Well done Mr. Gore - an excellent sequel.
Florida_Barb More than 1 year ago
As intelligent beings who inhabit this earth, as beings who love our unborn children, we have the choice to give them a world with air and water, or a void where life forms cannot be sustained. We can be selfish, live for our own personal moment, or we can do what we must so future generations on every inch of this globe can live, and raise their children. As moral and ethical and loving humans, Mr. Gore has offered us irrefutable facts in a way we can all understand, and we can live as role models and teach our kids to carry on. They deserve no less. SO ... are YOU self-serving and selfish, immersed in political fighting, or are you willing to open your eyes and simply fight for life as we know it? Please remember: Choosing nothing is still a choice, but it's a lethal one for our children ... Mr. Gore has presented a world-stopping topic, and one which we can still choose to stand up and fight for. Read it, before it's too late, and learn what we can all do.
theReaderAA More than 1 year ago
our choice is a very stimulating read. it is very informative and detailed on every topic in each chapter. our former vice president gives very detailed and innovative suggestions on how we can solve our current climate crisis. each page is as brilliant as the next. i would recomend this book to anyone because we are in this together, saving this planet is up to all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OUR CHOICE: A PLAN TO SOLVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS (unabridged) Al Gore Those in the know, know global warming is absolutely real and this book is for people like me who want to protect ourselves and others from the inevitable climate crisis at hand by taking measures to lessen its effects now. We must all be responsible for our actions and follow the leaders who are trying to help us fix what's been messed up, regardless of who or what caused it. It's simple and inexpensive to do when compared with the result of doing nothing which could prove very costly. Al Gore and notable others in mainstream science prove this time and again with real facts and figures. Naysayers try to convince the public otherwise by using outdated moldy charts and fuzzy numbers because they desperately want to die rich, even at the expense of others. This book makes a lot of sense and will help us all accomplish our goals through the hard work and determination of those dedicated to working together for one cause.
Sevouk More than 1 year ago
There is an imaginary line in older National Geographics maps showing a line running East to West in Canada where above that line the ground is frozen to about 4 feet deep, so called frost line. I have been traveling to Northern Quebec and Northen Ontario each year since 1965. This imaginary line has moved North about 200 miles, so I don't think anybody needs to prove to me if there is or there is not Global Warming. Where there used to be tundra vegetation, like grasss and occasional small bushes now it is covered with new young trees. The perma frost has melted away so the trees can take root. Mr. Gores books specially the latest one Our Choice, is exactly what it says. It is our choice to decide what we want, nobody is holding a gun at our head to do it. Although for some time he was unable to speak up when he was the Vice President, because he was shut out from deal making politics and an avid contender to Clinton doctrine, he still had the guts to come out with the Truth and had the means and the financing to bring this awaful facts to everyday Joe and Jane's attention. It is easy for anyone, either informed or uninformed, either careless or careful of personal gains to criticize his works, but the final judgement is resting upon us all, not on him, not just Americans but the World poplation. So we are left with a delima, do we say we don't care and its the next generations problem and milk the planet for all she has? or be more careful and make this bounty last longer for everyone's sake? It has been somewhere around 6 years that people are trying to do something about this in their own little way. There is hope, since many European countries including Canadian cities have banned plastic shopping bags. Canada has banned insectesides, herbasides and othet chemicals which may polute the ground water. Did you know that it costs you about $ 1,200 during the life of your car to haul around your 60 pound car battery? which also contains lead and acid? Did you know that about 82,000 Tons, that is about 180 Million pounds of fish is being killed by Acid rain generated by American cars each year? That is why you pay more that $ 4.00 per pound for fish instead of $0.73 a pound. So the man is trying to tell us that we will benefit from cleaner Earth and it will not cost us any money, we will make money doing it. Why is it that truth is so hard to accept. Are we all 16 years olds and we know better? and won't take advise? I wish someday Mr. Gore will stand up and Talk to us, not talk at us, in our daily everyday English. His approach has been to make sence to the The Big Bussines, the Government, the Scientists, but I think if he starts writing and speaking English, he will have more support from everyone and can bring Change more rapidy. People need to hear it in their own language, so maybe the message can be translated in many ethnic languages to be listened to here and abroad.
Sheltie More than 1 year ago
After watching the former vice president's shellacking earlier this week of a Republican congresswoman (thanks to a YouTube video), I am convinced this will be a superb resource for anyone concerned over the future of Planet Earth. We are long past the debate phase on this catastrophic problem. Now is the time to act.
konaerto More than 1 year ago
I have an extensive scientific and technological background in this field and can confirm that Al Gore's material is quite accurate. However, he also makes the point that it is very hard to convince people on the basis of science alone, given the strong lobbys and vested interests that will stop at nothing to mislead the populace. Thus, Al Gore emphasizes that each person must become active, both in our daily personal choices, but also in engaging in various grass-roots organizations that promote sustainability. This is a book that both compels to action, and provides a lot of detailed information that makes one wiser concerning where some of the most promising current opportunities for action lay.
KeithAkers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is essentially a coffee-table book -- lots of nice pictures, words, and graphs. It does not appear to be intended to be read straight through, and I didn't, but I think you could. (I mean, I've seen the movie, I actually read "Earth in the Balance," what more does he have to add?) I read the parts that were interesting, about 1/2, which was more than I initially thought it would be. It's a faster read than you think because there are so many pictures. You start on a section to delve into the subject and before you know it, boom, you're finished. So, it's pretty well written.I learned about soil carbon -- I knew there was lots down there, but it's nice to know that someone has looked into the question of "how much." It is a good general reference on global warming and technical ways to address it. He trashes corn ethanol (thanks!), and even notes the contribution of livestock to global warming (thanks!). So Al Gore is actually paying attention, he's not just regurgitating his past comments. What is not here is any substantial discussion of ecological economics or political tactics. He does mention cap and trade and a CO2 tax (which he favors). Also not discussed is any runaway greenhouse effect; peak oil is briefly mentioned. These are things which James Hansen (see "Storms of my Grandchildren") is interested in.
Truth_B_Told More than 1 year ago
While the writing is not exactly lively or well edited, this is one of the better books out there for those interested in comparing energy options.
secondnature More than 1 year ago
One of the most user-friendly treatments of a situation that affects us all and should concern us all but selfish or narrow-minded people will always have arguments against reason. It's written as jack n jill as possible to try for wider appeal than the typical 'environmental' treatment but I fear it is still too limited. Al Gore has done the documentary, and this book, and now needs to penetrate tv-land to counteract the lobbyists and their dirty money. As long as our government allows it to be cheaper to buy your way out than to clean your act up, we will never solve the environmental crisis.
mfcufc More than 1 year ago
This turned out to be a list of the technologies that may help the world in its quest to become carbon free. Not a great deal of discussion of the details of implementation or pitfalls or the fact that most of these are currently uneconomic and thus will not be a choice but more likely a government mandate. Some of the facts were interesting, but on research, wrong. The claim that there is only one company, in Japan, that can produce the castings for nuclear reactors, is incorrect and therefore understates the nuclear capacity that can be added, if anyone would want to. This is a great primer for the non-technical reader who wants to know how the world could look without fossil fuels, but it lacks the balance and inspiration of Gore's earlier books. Gore is at his best when he is calling people to action. This book doesn't do that and may lead some to conclude that Gore is a bore.
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ebony12 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! I have learn so much about climite change. I was lucky enough to see what was going on when I was in Alask. The people who live there told me they had never seen every thing melting like it is now. In the summer it is 88 drgrees. The highest was in the 70's. The people who live there are losing business because of the climite change. Al Gore helped to explaine what is happening in our world and what will happen in the future if we do not do somethingnow.
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GAJ More than 1 year ago
Well documented, excellent up-to-the-minute research. The chapters are well organized and easy to read. The graphs, pictures and drawings are easy to understand and give a good visual of each chapter. Global warming solutions are a complicated subject with a lot to consider - this book separates fact from fiction and makes a good argument for things we can do now (and are doing now) to solve the climate crisis. This book is NOT political but discusses how "political will" is imperative to solving this issue, mostly by energizing the reader to assert their right to vote on the issues that will ultimately make a difference. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to truly understand this topic and its solutions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
okay to all the people saying that al gore is just trying to make money. he might just be trying to make money but that doesnt mean that global warming isnt happening. and how do you know for sure that its not happening i mean if its because you read something else that said its not happening how do you know its right and this books wrong. my guess is that you think your a lot smarter than you realy are.
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Nick_Danger49 More than 1 year ago
If you are unaware of what I'm about to tell you, please do a google search for National Security Study Memorandum 200 (issued by Henry Kissinger in the 70's) and discover the "ON RECORD" true purpose of the global warming hoax. It was designed by the globalist, billionaire, think tank organizations such as the Club of Rome to both stimulate the central banks of North America and Europe by providing a false enemy threat in which to create jobs and to further their Malthusian depopulation agenda by slowing the economies of third world countries. Are you aware that Global Warming is a cruel hoax sponsored by the major corporations and "think tank" globalist organizations that trash the planet daily? I am all for recycling, I even compost, landfills are disgusting, but are you aware that CO2 is a natural building block of life and is not a pollutant? They want to tax you for breathing! Most of the IPCC board of scientists supporting Global Warming are funded by the billionaire globalist think tank groups such as the U.N. and the Club of Rome. Not to mention many of these scientists don't actually support the global warming theory and have even gone as far as the Supreme Court to get their names off the IPCC. You might also want to do another google search for several other books written by the Elites themselves exposing their true agenda of depopulation, globalization and greed. These books I recommend are: The Limits to Growth, The First Global Revolution, The Report from Iron Mountain and Ecoscience, Population, Resources, Environment. Go to www.somethingmustbreak.net and discover the true agenda behind this junk science marketed just for you.
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