In our very first blog post back in July of 2015 it was explained how we wrote to Al Gore and sent him one of the first BioCharlies ever made. We wanted to let him know what we were doing at ASCO2, and also say thanks for introducing us to biochar through his book, Our Choice which was a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.
Al Gore is probably one of the most well-recognized figures of the climate change discussion. Though not a scientist himself, he has advanced the urgency of what science proves to be one of the greatest threats to our civilization through his work and his books.
We all can recall the debacle of the election when there had to be a recount in Florida, hanging chads and all. Al Gore had to stomach a painful loss and could have become removed to more of a simpler life. He could have been remembered primarily for his failed presidential run. However, he turned that failure around by doing something good for America and the rest of the world by making a difference without being in a political office.
Gore's book Our Choice pointed out some ways in which the climate change problem might be solved, with biochar being one piece of the puzzle. Gore focuses on soil carbon in part of the book and introduces biochar as a promising substance. He devotes a chapter to emphasize that soils of our earth hold a lot of carbon. But, they are gradually being degraded and losing their carbon to produce airborne carbon dioxide. He describes farming strategies for restoring carbon, pointing to biochar as well as other techniques. Our Choice is beautifully illustrated with photos and charts, making it an ejoyable and enlightening read while giving hope that we can conquer the dilemma of climate change.
We were hoping to get some kind of response but unfortunately never did hear back from Mr. Gore -- at least not yet. I just hope the secret service didn't get that box with a metal container and think it was some kind of bomb or weapon of mass destruction. But if that were the case, we probably would have had some Secret Service agents knocking on our door here in Clarence Center.
We can't help but think how it would be great if Al Gore actually used our product, and put in a review! That might give the BioCharlie some serious recognition. And then even more amazing, what if he were to mention the BioCharlie in his next book?!
Okay, so much for pipe dreams I guess. Nonetheless, we are grateful that our message has been heard by many: hundreds of BioCharlies have been sold and shipped all over the U.S. and Canada.
More and more people are becoming aware of biochar, the importance of soil carbon and microbial soil health. We will again try to reach out to Mr. Gore by way of this post and perhaps an e-mail or two. Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
Thanks again, Al.
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