Take 10,000 Pages of research, add Al Gore and some climate change concern, and you get The Future. It’s Gore’s follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, and promises to be “as absorbing as it is visionary”. Gore runs his pen over everything from health and medicine to energy transition, the digital and biotech revolutions, and the emergence of a global consciousness transcending borders. He identifies six “critical drivers” of global change to come.
The message is that the truth, while inconvenient, can become an opportunity rather than a threat, while Gore pulls no punches, tackling everything from the absence of US leadership to capitalism encroaching on democracy, and ‘short-termism’.
It’s not an easy read and one that will leave you feeling fearful for the US and glad you live here.
It also assumes a certain amount of existing knowledge, so if you’re not immediately familiar with current affairs around the world, you’ll find yourself constantly Googling as you read. You get the feeling it’s very well-researched, which makes the messages only more terrifying. I’ll be over here hiding under the covers.