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Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis

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In this follow-up to his groundbreaking AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, former Vice President Al Gore explores the causes of the current climate crisis and what we can do to help solve it. In full color, with photographs, graphics, and illustrations throughout.
Hardcover, Young Readers' Edition, 208 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published March 31st 2008)
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Bobbi
Feb 28, 2012 Bobbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one because it helped me better understand both the fallout of global warming, say, desertification that squeezes out crop land, and clean energy options that can solve many problems.
Gore's been accused of geekiness, but it helps here: He takes the time in this book to explain how PVs, carbon sequestration, geothermal power etc. actually work.
I use it like a reference book, because I trust the information. (Some is dated.)
Olivia
Nov 24, 2012 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
This book is great for young readers who want to help stop global warming.
Gore explains what we can do to decrease the amount of greenhouse gasses in the air. As it may seem this book is for the adults who want to undo what they've done, I say it's not. Al Gore's "Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis" is great and gives you great ideas for changing the world.
Kathrynn
Dec 25, 2009 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I enjoyed Mr. Gore's An Inconvenient Truth so much I grabbed this one off the shelf as soon as I saw it. Another winner and eye opener for me.

Our Choice spun right off of An Inconvenient Truth in that the format, style, pictures, graphics are excellent. What Our Choice did was dive right into...well... our choices on how to protect the environment. Mr. Gore explains older technology and why what we thought would be great didn't turn out that way. He mentions ideas he once sponsored and how--at
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Guy
This is not a perfect book, but it is an important book. A friend of mine described it as a sort of global warming overview -- almost everything of relevance to the subject is touched on somewhere inside. It is written for the general public, but it doesn't talk down to the reader, nor does it unduly simplify.

If you think you know all about global warming, you should read this book as a completeness check. If you know you don't know all about global warming, you should read the book as an intro
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Nina
Jan 17, 2011 Nina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Since I was assigned to read this book in class, I didn't know what to expect from it. My general impression is that this book couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a textbook or a coffee table book. The information is sound, but for the most part it is dryly accounted (à la textbook style). The photographs are lovely, but inserted in such a way that they are distracting to the reader - actually, there are way too many distractions: inset quotes, tables, charts, and images that force you to br ...more
Kip
Apr 11, 2010 Kip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Make no mistake, this is a textbook. It would be a great text for advanced science course for high school or for college.

The book is very comprehensive it its scope and covers all aspects of energy. More importantly, the book clearly defines the fact that there are consequences to the choices we make about our energy sources.

While Mr Gore doesn't dwell on politics or economics, there is enough here to argue that the problem can not (will not) be solved by the private sector and strong leadershi
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Dara Salley
I really wanted to like this book. I like Al Gore and his message. This book, however, was dull. There is no way to get around it. It's full of gorgeous images and graphics but it's basically a partisan science textbook.

I'll say this for the book though, it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. I'm generally a doom-and-gloom environmentalist who feels that there is no hope for humanity. Gore is very persuasive in his argument for hope through science. Only time will tell. In the meantime I'm going to ke
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Natalie
Aug 31, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inf533
Our choice: A plan to solve the climate crisis is a non-fiction book available in multiple versions including a paperback version and as an eBook that can be purchased as an app in the iTunes store for $6.49. The eBook version of Our choice is published by Push Pop Press and is essentially an interactive and enhanced digital version of the print version about global warming, and issues surrounding it such as sustainability and renewable energy. The digital version of Our choice includes video, ...more
David Lu
Jan 07, 2016 David Lu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I got "Our Choice" for a 4th grade birthday present, and I thought it was the worst book ever(which was a premature assumption because I hadn’t even opened the book). After a year I finally picked up the book, and I actually enjoyed it a lot! Not only does he address the issue of global warming and pollution, but he addresses it clearly. He gives us many examples of what is causing global warming so that the ordinary person may understand it without any confusion. It is also saturated ...more
Maryc
Sep 01, 2014 Maryc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really accessible information, very informative, lots of photos. Written more like a magazine.
Roxanne
Oct 08, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theme of this book is how to solve climate change. But we lack collective will. This book gathers in one place the most effective solutions that are available and will solve the crisis. But politics have to be taken out of the equation for this to be solved because every nation has their own personal agenda. The world has to get on the same page and work together. The solution are plant trees again, quit cutting them down. Use solar energy, use windmills, use ethanol. Stabilize the populatio ...more
Sérgio
Sep 06, 2012 Sérgio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Informative, clear, well written and effective at passing a message. That message is that human society will gain a lot from facing now its current environmental challenges, instead of delaying action. The first step is to admit there is a challenge to face, but by now that should be already clear to anyone interested in basing their opinions on facts, so Al Gore prefers to focus instead on the many different options available to overcome it.

The overall tone of the book is optimistic, but it re
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Keith Akers
Jun 05, 2010 Keith Akers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is essentially a coffee-table book -- lots of nice pictures, words, and graphs. It does not appear to be intended to be read straight through, and I didn't, but I think you could. (I mean, I've seen the movie, I actually read "Earth in the Balance," what more does he have to add?) I read the parts that were interesting, about 1/2, which was more than I initially thought it would be. It's a faster read than you think because there are so many pictures. You start on a section to delve into th ...more
Serena
Jun 25, 2010 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore is not what readers will expect. The foreword is read by Al Gore himself, but the remainder of the audio is narrated by Cynthia Nixon and John Slattery in alternating chapters. Many will expect this volume to talk about how to save the planet, but some may mistakenly think that this is a practical guide for the average American. Upon listening to the audio, however, readers will quickly realize that it is geared at providing larger scale ...more
James
Jul 05, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only meaningful and effective solutions to the climate crisis involve massive changes in human behavior and thinking.
…and therein lies the problem. Wonderful as this book may be, as beautifully designed, coherently organized and broad in scope it is, I can’t help but be terrified. Not of impending disaster, but of the effort needed to follow Gore’s advice. The changes required of us are met by forces so fundamental to our culture that they pre date our country.

Just as support for renewab
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Todd Martin
Dec 13, 2009 Todd Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a new administration that uses science to inform political decisions (as opposed to distorting science to catapult the propaganda) Al Gore sees an opportunity for the US to finally take action to reduce CO2 and curb climate change. His new book 'Our Choice' looks at two aspects of the science behind the issue - energy production and carbon sequestration. On the energy generation front gore delves into many of the benefits and hurdles that clean energy technology (such as solar, windpower, a ...more
Nicole
Nov 19, 2009 Nicole added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Slightly Smarter Than Average...or geeked out Al fans
Shelves: hbs-events
I've talked about this event so often in person, that typing about it seems like overkill. So here are the bullet points.

*The crowd was my favorite kind of crazy- flashing Gore pins and passionate about the environment, waiting in line (in the COLD) 2 hours in advance, entitled and informed.

*The team was a machine. We whipped the millions of people through his signing line like a candy sorting factory assembly line. (Oh yeah, stew over that visual for a bit)

*Al was just exactly like he is- stiff
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Kathleen
I usually don't like books organized in columns with inserts because they remind me of textbooks which have an inherently boring quality. That said, this particular book was perfectly organized. The art--photographs, diagrams, and charts--were utterly beautiful. The information was substantiated, factual, and interesting enough to engross even those already knowledgeable about the topic.

So this is a wonderful book about what people can and must do to solve the climate issues facing our species,
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António Lopes
Jun 15, 2011 António Lopes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the handbook that was missing in the "An inconvenient truth" feature documentary. The documentary was all about telling people how bad the planet was, climate-wise. It was alarming but it wasn't very informative regarding our options or our choices (we won't change global warming just by changing lightbulbs). This book fulfills that purpose by exposing every possible alternatives while discussing its pros and cons and it does so quite well (with a few exceptions).
I read the iPad app vers
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Spencer
This is probably one of the most powerful and mind-shifting non-fiction books I have ever read in my life. Al Gore perfectly informs us on what will happen to this earth if we don't stop all these emissions and the general pollution we let out into the air every day. It's a perfect story of cause and effect, our uncaring actions as humans will end up to be our own death, and Al Gore demonstrates this in such a beautiful way, instead of talking about the results and what will happen to human kind ...more
Kim Olson
Mar 09, 2012 Kim Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This multimedia version of Al Gore's Our Choice (available as an iPad app) lays out a nice overview of the global warming crisis. The eBook delves into various forms of alternative energy, and shares how each one works, including its pros and cons.

Gore and his team did a great job of bringing this information to vibrant life via a range of multimedia elements, from photos and video, to interactive infographics and animations. The mutimedia helps are well-chosen and well-wrought. Animations show,
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Reid
Aug 05, 2010 Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most impressive thing about this book, more than its content, is the design of the entire package. The whole book is image-rich, with lots of large-font quotes and impressive photos. In a way, it really echos Gore's Inconvenient Truth presentation in its use of high-quality images and 3-D renderings of how hydroelectric turbines or solar hot water heaters work.

The book, above all else, tries to show that there are solutions to the climate crisis and that the technology to implement them alre
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Kate Mollohan
May 10, 2013 Kate Mollohan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really pretty book, the photos and the layout and the size. (This is how you can tell I'm a bibliophile, I am giddy to find "pretty"books.)
Of course it goes without saying that Al Gore gives accurate scientific information about climate change and all of the effects we are bound to feel (and most certainly will, as today we learned that we passed 440 ppm of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere; the tipping point was 370-390). If you want to read about climate change in simple and startlin
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Jackson Cutsor
Jan 06, 2016 Jackson Cutsor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great information even though it was published a few years ago. Slightly depressing to see his optimistic views from 2008 or so not gain almost any traction and it is currently 2016. I fear that his vision is not coming true, or at least as fast as he fantasized, and that is exactly the opposite of what the world needs.
Rll52013_stephanieroche
Nov 13, 2013 Rll52013_stephanieroche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: info-bios
This book provides an enormous amount of information to young readers about the issues of global warming and sources of alternative energy. The text is comprehensive, covering everything from the basics of global warming to the pros and cons of nuclear energy. Even though the text is addressing a very complex topics, the author has still aintained an easily accessible reading level for most upper-elementary and middle school readers. The text is broken down into subsections with bold subtitles, ...more
Greg Brown
Apr 23, 2012 Greg Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's weird: this is a book where the writing is merely ok, but it threads a very difficult rhetorical needle with aplomb. Gore basically lays out the many facets of the problem: what sources are contributing to the issues, what proposed solutions that do or don't look promising, and then surprisingly delves into the deeper questions of why this crisis even became a crisis at all. It's easily the best one-stop book on global warming, and is remarkably insightful. Even though I knew pretty much al ...more
Marcie
This is my choice for the textbook of the future (wait- I don't have to wait until the future. It is now.) I can see using it not just to teach the content but so much about how non-fiction can work using the amazing and interactive charts, graphs, movies, and audio clips. I'm on the wind chapter and they even have a picture where you can blow into the microphone to generate wind, as you read a caption about wind, intermittency & Batteries. If you had read the book you would know that interm ...more
SpaceBear
Pretty standard stuff really; sequel to Inconvenient Truth, instead of trying to lay out the evidence of global climate change, this book is centred around solutions to the problem. Contains lots of info on potential solutions, alternative fuels, etc.
Jay
Dec 04, 2009 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provides an excellent review of strategies to address the clinate crisis and the supporting data for it. What it lacks is specific actions that we can take as individuals or as members of society to take action on these issues. THe plan to address this is an online climate solutions wiki. THis makes sense since issues and solutions will evolve over time, but as of this writing even the first cut is a work in progress.

THe book makes clear a point maide by Thomas Friedman in "Hot, Flat
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Ken Fields
Mar 14, 2014 Ken Fields rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too dense, too much fluff, not accessible to the average person on the street. Makes Gore look good but doesn't "change the conversation".
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Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. was the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Gore also served in the U. S. House of Representatives (1977–85) and the U. S. Senate (1985–93), representing Tennessee. Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election, ultimately losing to the Republican candidate George W. Bush in spite ...more
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