Through education, Gore hopes that people will begin to understand the effects of global warming and take the warnings more seriously. "There were clear warnings about Hurricane Katrina—the levies might fail," he says. "And the warnings were ignored. We saw the consequences. This time, the warnings are of dangers much, much greater. [This is] the most serious crisis we've ever confronted, and the consequences of ignoring these warnings would literally be unforgivable. We cannot allow a future where our children look back at this point in time and say, 'What were they thinking?'"