Al Gore's Renewable Future

“We are now in the early stages of a global sustainability revolution, which has the magnitude of the industrial revolution and the speed of the digital revolution”

Twelve years ago, science was already very aware that the planet was headed towards massive climate change. The cause was the system of energy left in place after the industrial revolution: fossil fuels. This truth (agreed upon by 99% of scientists) has been very inconvenient for the big business behind fossil fuels, whose business revolves around earth and climate damaging products such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Al Gore took this as the name for his 2005 climate change film “An Inconvenient Truth”, and this year he’s back; with an inconvenient sequel.

While the fight against fossil fuel has be difficult, there have been many victories, such as the Paris agreement, where countries worldwide pledged to reduce emissions. Things are beginning to shift; “We are now in the early stages of a global sustainability revolution, which has the magnitude of the industrial revolution and the speed of the digital revolution” says Gore. We’re seeing it happen before our eyes! While years ago it would have been nice to see renewable energy widespread across the globe, today it is happening everywhere, countries such as China closing coal plants and investing in solar. It has become increasingly feasible with “the stunning cost reductions for solar electricity, wind electricity, batteries, electric vehicles and hundreds of impressive efficiency improvements”. Solar has become exponentially more affordable, and business ventures in the industry have grown proportionately.

 

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Gore has been a leader in the shift from fossil fuels to renewables, and he, like many others, champions solar power as a key to an efficient, emission-less future. The graph above shows just how dramatically solar has been increasing. Along with other calls to action, he inspires hope, saying that “in the meantime many contracts are being signed for electricity from solar energy at less than half the price of electricity from fossil fuels, even on an unsubsidized basis”. Here at SolaBlock, we’re at the front lines of the sustainability revolution. As the United States and the rest of the world begins to restructure its energy systems, SolaBlock will be the building blocks of a fossil free future.

To read more about Gore’s recent film, click here, or go see it in theaters now!