"The dots connect, very powerfully"

"Hold onto hope, but still look unblinkingly into the sun." This was how Al Gore described his new feelings towards the issue of climate change, one that he has fought for relentlessly since his Vice-Presidency and his subsequent media fame from "An Inconvenient Truth" and his following books. As many allusions were made to these items, he turned away from them in this talk and focused much more on the effect that this climate change we are experiencing is actually effecting human health.

Bringing up a very common point, Mr. Gore pointed out that "a temperature increase of 2 degrees could be the single most important thing to an insect. It could increase it's lifetime from 2, up to five lifecycles." This may not seem to dangerous, but it's been shown that these effect of temperature can also be seen in microbes, which is causing a rise in viral and disease spread.

Also, "with the energy the world is expending, every day brings almost 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs worth of energy into the atmosphere." Yes, most of it is sucked back into the world thanks to the carbon sinks of the ocean and the major forest and jungle land. But the vast majority of it continues to circulate in the air. 400,000 atomics bombs each day, 365 days a year? That's adding up fast.

Gore also explained the issue of population control. "Population rose by 1 billion people in the first 13 years of the 21st century. It will rise another billion in the next 13. And another billion in the 14 years after that." He questioned us: how do we begin to creative sustainable social, economic, ecological and political decisions that will benefit all those billions of people. "This isn't just a regional problem. Or national. It is an international debacle that we all need to face and address, fast."

As an open-minded, liberal, agnostic teenager from outside of the US, I loved the speech: one, because he was one of the most eloquent, sincere men who I have had the pleasure to hear speak, two, his speech was intermittent with stories from his childhood in Tennessee, which were all a blast to hear, and three, it gave me some hope to the fact there are people still willing to go out and fight for the future, and to hopefully aid my generation in guiding the world to something better than what we have in store right now.

I'm definitely going to give myself some time to digest this wonderful talk before continuing my research on some of Mr. Gore's more eloquent points! Hopefully to be up soon!