Al Gore is at it again.

After winning an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2006 for An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore kicked off a full day of events (September 14)to rally the world around the issue of climate change. The film about his global warming crusade was seen by more than 5 million people and was one of the highest grossing documentaries ever.

His program, “24 Hours of Reality” was launched in Mexico City taking viewers around the world with one-hour slideshows in 13 languages, focusing on climate change in each locale. The program ended 24 hours later in New York City where Gore was welcomed with a standing ovation and loud cheers. “Climate change is not really a political problem,” said Gore as he took to the stage. “It’s a human problem.”

Over 8 million people were said to have tuned into the program, which can be found at

Gore’s presentation included clips from old movies showing how the tobacco industry once tried to dupe Americans into believing tobacco didn’t cause cancer. Now, Gore pointed out, the carbon emitters and polluters are doing the same thing. “It’s tempting to pretend we don’t have to face up to this,” he said. “While there may be an Earth somewhere where rainstorms aren’t getting bigger. And there may be an Earth somewhere where there aren’t larger droughts... Somewhere there may be such an Earth. But not this Earth.”

Gore pointed to the recent hurricane that swept through Vermont and New York, as well as the fires in Russia and floods in Pakistan as proof of the shifting weather patterns.

“Why are there so many more floods and rainstorms than ever before?” he asked. He even quoted one of the largest re-insurance firms in the world as saying, “The only explanation,” for the changing weather, “is climate change.”

According to Gore, carbon polluters, lobbyists and naysayers are trying to reposition global warming as theory, not fact.  He said it’s more important than ever that environmentalists and those who care about the planet take part in the conversation and don’t give up.  “Changing laws is even more important than changing lightbulbs.”