Al Gore is pretty well-known as being a crusader for educating the public about climate change. His 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth is a bible of sorts for those looking for information on the effects of global warming. Most recently, however, Gore has stepped up his vocalizations about climate issues, calling out the media for completely avoiding the issue even when faced with severe weather and record temperatures. In a recent piece covering the National Republican Convention on his own Current TV, Gore let them hear about his concerns:

Just as they did not report the truth about the proposal to invade Iraq, we are not getting the accurate impression about this challenge that we have to face. To stop putting 90 million tons of global warming pollution up into the atmosphere every single day … They aren’t only doing nothing about it, there’s hardly any discussion about it. It drives me crazy.

After hearing Mitt Romney use climate change as a laugh line during his speech at the convention, I was hoping the media would pick up on just how insane it is for the Republicans to have a political platform based on ignoring scientific evidence. We aren’t living in the dark ages when people were grasping at straws to understand how the universe works. Today’s scientists are brilliant and nearly 100 percent of them believe that humans are causing climate change – and that we are in for a hell of a ride if we don’t do something about it.

As Al Gore said during his coverage that “the whole North polar ice cap is disappearing in front of our eyes. Twelve massive million-dollar-plus climate-related disasters … and they keep coming.” And where is the media, he asks? Well, I have news for him and everyone else wondering the same thing. The media gives us what we want and what we want is not necessarily important. Climate change is boring, it doesn’t make for stellar headlines, and it doesn’t garner page views. And unfortunately in our media page views and TV viewers is all that matters, easily trumping stories about our upcoming planetary demise.

Why do you think a disturbing reality show like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” – about a child beauty-pageant contestant – can collect the eyeballs of over 3 million Americans, easily beating not only every other program on cable TV but also the coverage of the Republican National Convention? The media gives us what we want to see, not what we should be seeing.

Thankfully we have people like Al Gore, who are willing to speak up about important issues and get out there in front of the media to at least attempt to educate those among us still not willing to accept what we are doing to our own planet. But it’s not up to just them; it’s up to the rest of us. There are billions of us here on the planet and only a handful of media-friendly faces. Which group has more pull if we actually decided to do something rather than wait for somebody else to do it? Don’t get me wrong, Al Gore is dead-on correct – the media does a tremendous job of ignoring the important issues of our time while busy promoting Kardashian sex tapes. But putting our hopes for a livable future solely in the hands of Al Gore is to contribute to our own demise. We need to speak up, too.

Check out Al Gore’s concerns about the media and its non-coverage of climate change:

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