Recently, former American Vice-President, Presidential hopeful, and more recent environmentalist speaker and author Al Gore delivered a keynote address to the USGBC Greenbuild Conference.
Items he touched upon included green building mandates, the effectiveness of USGBC leadership, calling out greenwashing, and the folly of unsustainable dependency on fossil fuels as a means of stabilizing our economies and ways of life all over the world. Ultimately though, Gore’s perspective is that with innovation and technology, the future need not be the dystopian nightmare that, perhaps, his book and film An Inconvenient Truth may suggest to many people.
Part of what is tied up with this is the idea that sustainable futures don’t just refer to natural resources or stable climates. They also refer to global economics as well, which of course go on to affect many other important areas of global and of local concern. Once again, making that paradigm shift between one economy and another is as culturally important as it is commercially important.
Here’s a video excerpt of Al Gore’s keynote speech: