An Inconvenient Gore

Al Gore is back - having invented the internet way back when, he's now going to help us solve climate change. Most of the people I know voted for Nader in 2000 and arguably helped defeat Gore, which helped turn him into the world's best known climate activist. Not sure if I need another older whiter savior of the world - scratch that, I am absolutely sure I don't need one - but the man is back in action with a new movie

  1. Here's Gore being interviewed by Bernie Sanders - great interview!
  2. Here's a long article about people who aren't exactly happy about Gore's return (for reasons that I am absolutely sure above). 

What do you think? Do we need such stars in the movement? Even if we do, should they look different? 

 

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Sarah Simon's picture

In this celebrity-crazy

In this celebrity-crazy society, you need a recognizable name to get attention. Can we get Beyoncé or Noah Trevor to back the same kind of urgent message?  I was delighted that Mike  Bloomberg and Carl Pope of the Sierra  Club  just wrote a book about getting everyone into the climate change discussion in a constructive way. Except for our new "America First" frenzy, we could involve more UN players, like Modi of India, if they have time and interest in sounding the alarm. But then, they already are trying to get the word out. Got to go to the belly of the beast

Sarah Simon's picture

In this celebrity-crazy

In this celebrity-crazy society, you need a recognizable name to get attention. Can we get Beyoncé or Noah Trevor to back the same kind of urgent message?  I was delighted that Mike  Bloomberg and Carl Pope of the Sierra  Club  just wrote a book about getting everyone into the climate change discussion in a constructive way. Except for our new "America First" frenzy, we could involve more UN players, like Modi of India, if they have time and interest in sounding the alarm. But then, they already are trying to get the word out. Got to go to the belly of the beast

Rick Shankman's picture

"Not sure if I need another

"Not sure if I need another older whiter savior of the world - scratch that, I am absolutely sure I don't need one.... What do you think? Do we need such stars [like Gore] in the movement? Even if we do, should they look different?"

Regarding the above, I feel somewhat compelled to mention something (I don't happen to like Gore either) and pose a question. First, I ask that all consider the spirit of the following...

MIT Office of Communications - Relations and Responsibilities Within the MIT Community:

"The Institute's nondiscrimination policy applies to faculty, staff, students and all other members of the MIT community.... The Institute prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color... age... or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its... programs and activities...".

Question: Is it really appropriate for ClimateX to take a racial tangent in the climate change discussion?

N.B. From Wikipedia on the so-called "white savior" narrative:

"[T]he white savior is a cinematic trope portraying a white character rescuing people of color from their plight. Certain critics have observed this narrative in an array of genres of movies in American cinema, wherein a white protagonist is portrayed as a messianic figure who often learns something about him- or herself in the course of rescuing characters of color.

The narrative trope of the white savior is how the mass communications medium of cinema represents the sociology of race and ethnic relations, by presenting abstract concepts—such as morality—as innate characteristics (racial and cultural) of white people, rather than as characteristics innate to people of color. In the praxis of cinematic narrative, the white-savior character usually is a man who is out of place within his own society, until he assumes the burden of racial leadership in order to rescue non-white foreigners and minorities (racial and ethnic) from their plights; as such, white-savior stories "are essentially grandiose, exhibitionistic, and narcissistic" fantasies of psychological compensation."

Rick Shankman's picture

"Not sure if I need another

"Not sure if I need another older whiter savior of the world - scratch that, I am absolutely sure I don't need one...".

Sorry Rajesh, I'm at a loss here as to your exact meaning.