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stop the clock on extinction

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About 20 to 25% of the CO2 that's being pumped into the atmosphere of the Earth comes from burning forests. And the encroachment by human activities into the integrity of these areas is causing a loss of living species at a truly alarming rate. We are in danger of pushing the extinction rate up to levels that are comparable to the five great extinction events in the history of life in this planet. This time, there's no asteroid It's us! But I'm optimistic nonetheless, because the political system has one thing in common with the climate system it is also nonlinear. It can cross a tipping point and then suddenly adopt a new and different pattern of dramatic change. I think we're close to that tipping point. And Conservation International has played and is playing a key role in so many countries around the world And where the forests and the rainforest and coral reefs, and the living species, and endangered areas are concerned CI is playing such a crucial role. And the task of weaving together these partnerships and coalitions that cross international boundaries, there again, CI is playing a crucial role. This is the moral challenge of our time And future generations will look back on the beginning of this 21st century. And they will ask one of two questions. Either they will ask: "What in God's name were they thinking?" "Didn't they see what was happening? The scientists were telling them. The evidence was clear!" ...or the question they will ask, and the one I prefer they ask, is "How did they, at the beginning of the 21st century, find the uncommon moral courage to rise up and meet successfully this challenge that so many said was impossible to solve?"

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Duration: 2 minutes and 35 seconds
Country: Brazil
Language: English
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Views: 97
Posted by: manu_pg on Feb 9, 2010

Al Gore talks about his partnership with Conservation Internation in order to curb climate change and its consequences

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