by Charles Lemos, Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 11:26:42 AM EST
From WPTV in Boca Raton, Florida:
Hundreds of people sat inside the Mizner Amphitheater, paying close attention to the presentation, but outside, it was a different story.
A large group of protesters gathered just steps away from where former Vice President Al Gore was speaking.
"If you follow the money, it tells you all you need to know about Al Gore he is making zillions off all this energy stuff he is selling," said Meg Shannon, with the South Florida Tea Party.
They made lots of noise and held up some very creative signs, showing their disapproval for Gore's views on global climate change.
"Give me a break, can we cause global warming? I don't think so," said Shannon.
Get ready. If you think healthcare was contentious, the battle over climate promises to be the mother of all battles.
It is pointless to argue with this crowd. Not sure the answer, however. Taking a cue from Nathan's amazing and heartfelt series of posts, I'll note from personal experience why I believe global climate change is a reality. I am a scuba diver. I've been the world over to dive. I've been to places where I have dove previously. When one sees with one's own eyes the degradation that has taken place, you know something is wrong. I'm not a biologist but one doesn't have to be one to know that planet is changing more quickly than it should be.
I am also from Colombia which has more species of birds than any other country on Earth. Despite being smaller than Alaska, Colombia's is the world's third most bio-diverse country on the planet. I grew up loving nature. I have had the pleasure of seeing condors on the wing, snakes the size of trees sunning themselves on river banks, insects that looking like walking carpets of vegetation, bright multi-coloured frogs and so much more. I also have a healthy respect for the wisdom of tribal peoples. In my native land, there is a tribe called the Kogi whose civilization survived the Conquest. They live in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world's most impressive coastal massif. These mountains rise from sea level to just under 20,000 feet in a distance of less than fifty miles. On the coastal side, you'll find coral reefs and tropical jungle. On the back side, it's an arid desert. The peaks are snow-capped. In between you will find every climatic zone found on the planet. It's the only part of the world where this is true. It is part of what makes Colombia, geographically-speaking, so amazing.
The Kogi call themselves the Elder Brother and refer to us as the Younger Brother. In 1990, that's now 19 years ago, the Kogi came down from their mountain with a message for us.
The Kogi message tell us that as the heart of the world, when the Sierra Nevada dies that the rest of the world will die. The Kogi message tells us that we are responsible for the destruction of our planet and that when we rob things from the ground that we are actually taking vital parts out of the Earth's body and that this weakens the Earth considerably. We can see the negative effects of our actions in the environment. In effect, we are grievously wounding our sacred Mother Earth, who the Kogi call Aluna. The Kogi tell us their Younger Brothers that we must protect and respect our planet.
The Kogi say that balance is important to the existence of this world and we are causing great imbalance to the planet through our destructive actions that hurt the planet in devastating ways. To correct this imbalance, we must work together to help save our planet. The Kogi also say that the reason that they have come forward in 1990 is because the Sierra Nevada is showing signs of sickness including lack of snow and less water in their rivers.
The BBC program Nature thought their warning so important that they filmed it back in 1990. It's below the fold.