Since the release of his documentaries, An Inconvenient Truth and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, and the launch of The Climate Reality Project, former Vice President Al Gore has been exposing the realities of climate change. And last night, in a partnership between Gore, The Conduit and the How To Academy, the Emmanuel Centre hosted Al Gore: How to Solve the Climate Crisis, where he once again highlighted the damage the human race has caused and what we can do to reverse it.
Fresh from the Climate Summit at the UN, Gore began the talk with photos of the Earth from space to illustrate one of the most important scientific facts about the climate crisis: the atmosphere is thin. “W are capable of radically changing the chemical composition of the part of the sky that matters to us,” he said. “We are now spewing, every single day, 142 million tonnes of man-made global warming pollution into that thin shell of atmosphere as if it’s an open sewer.”
Gore then went on to talk about forestry, agriculture and mining, along with our use of fossil fuels. He highlighted facts about increasing temperatures, and how 18 of the hottest years on record have happened in the last 19 years. He showed images of flooding around the world that has displaced and killed thousands of people. He reminded us that we’re wiping out entire species of animals because of land clearing. And he talked about refugees and how the climate has contributed to that crisis, as well. “Some places in the world are going to become uninhabitable,” Gore said, adding that there could be up to a billion climate migrants as a result.
A call to action was next, with Gore imploring us all to change. “We have the solutions at hand,” he said, and went on to show that we’ve surpassed our expectations and projections for harnessing both wind energy and solar energy globally, and the growing ubiquity of electric vehicles.
Gore ended with a message of hope, and reminded us again that we already have what we need to solve the climate crisis. Solar and wind power are both cheaper electricity solutions than fossil fuels. He said that what we do still need is policy changes, because policy changes are what will accelerate the trends we’re seeing. “If anyone doubts that we have the political will to succeed in this movement, please remember that political will is itself a renewable resource.”
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Written by - Tara MacInnis