What's at risk if we don't slow global warming? The survival of civilization as we know it. : TreeHugger
[Gore] What's at risk is if we did not take action truly is the survival of civilization as we know it. And that will sound like an extreme statement to many people, but literally that is the case. You know, we have seen global warming thus far of just a little bit less than one degree Celsius and look at what has happened: Superstorm Sandy, Boulder, Colorado, all these fires, Hurricane Irene one year before Sandy -- how many billions was that? -- this huge drought, dust storms starting up in bigger volumes again, the Pakistan flood that displaced 20 million people, the Russian drought and fires that led to the highest spike in food prices ever recorded -- that has an impact on poor people around the world. You look at all of the impacts that have occurred with less than one degree increase in temperature and then you project what they say could be a five to six degree increase possibly by the end of this century, it's unimaginable. We cannot allow that to happen.