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The Green Life: Al Gore Strikes Back

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September 14, 2011

Al Gore Strikes Back

Earth faces climate change Wish you could watch a different version of An Inconvenient Truth every hour for an entire day? Today you can — kind of. Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project will showcase 24 speakers in 24 time zones and 13 languages, all discussing their local reality of climate change.

In a fresh effort to reject claims that climate change is harmless or nonexistent, the project will connect the constellation of recent natural disasters around the world, including New York's floods, London's drought, and Rio's landslides. Other issues to be highlighted: reindeer food and tree-eating beetles.

Some of the presenters are big names: Al Gore, of course, and Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation. But others possess quirkier credentials. Sigurður Eyberg is an actor and recording artist turned environmental researcher; he likes Lord of the Rings and has witnessed some frighteningly hot days in his native Iceland. Asif Iqbal, advocacy designer and photography hobbyist, came of age in the rugged mountains of Pakistan, where recent flooding and earthquakes have done serious damage.

Gore's project's website invites you to plan a viewing party. So grab your reusable cups, huddle around the greenest laptop you can find, and enjoy the show at 7 p.m. your time.

--Jake Abrahamson

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