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Kudos to Al Gore and the Oscars

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Climate change broke onto the big screen – and then made the summer concert line-up – but it may have brought political action to a new level at the Academy Awards, where Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio announced the event’s having gone green.

Political issues have traveled the Oscar road before, but this year the event’s production went out of its way to act in tune with the message, even passing out carbon offsets in lieu of gift bags!

Years ago the phrase ‘global warming’ began to scare people, and so ‘climate change’ became more common. While making the announcement to go green and then accepting the Oscar for best documentary, Gore referred to our climate crisis.

What our planet and our way of life face is a crisis, and it really shouldn’t be a political issue except that the political arena seems to be the only one not moving forward fast enough on the issue.

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2 Responses to Kudos to Al Gore and the Oscars

  1. kevin smith says:

    Hey, I saw that you had mentioned offsets and I wanted to let you know that there is a new report published this last week on the offsets industry, The Carbon Neutral Myth – Offset Indulgences for your Climate Sins. Free download from http://www.tni.org

    Carbon offsets are the modern day indulgences, sold to an increasingly carbon conscious public to absolve their climate sins. Scratch the surface, however, and a disturbing picture emerges, where creative accountancy and elaborate shell games cover up the impossibility of verifying genuine climate change benefits, and where communities in the South often have little choice as offset projects are inflicted on them.

    This report argues that offsets place disproportionate emphasis on individual lifestyles and carbon footprints, distracting attention from the wider, systemic changes and collective political action that needs to be taken to tackle climate change. Promoting more effective and empowering approaches involves moving away from the marketing gimmicks, celebrity endorsements, technological quick fixes, and the North/South exploitation that the carbon offsets industry embodies.

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