Interview with former VP Al Gore

In 2006, former Vice-President Al Gore appeared on our screens with An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary warning us about the dangers of the climate crisis.

He urged every one of us to mobilise against this growing threat, to make changes in our daily lives and to spread the word about climate change, before the crisis spiralled out of our control.

Best known for his position as Vice-President to Bill Clinton (and perhaps his controversial, narrow loss to President Bush in the 2000 US election), Gore has made a name for himself in the global environmental movement, becoming one of the leading advocates of climate action.

Since this first film, Gore has travelled the world to investigate the impact of climate change and has kick-started his own Climate Reality Leadership Corps, to inspire young people to join his mission.

Now, 11 years after the first release, Gore returns with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a heartbreaking progress report on the results of our slow actions. Scenes include the increasingly frequent wildfires across Australia, the devastating flooding in the Philippines, and the unprecedented drought in Syria, which fuelled tensions before the country’s conflict began.

Yet peppered amongst these hard-hitting clips are stories of progress, providing viewers with hope and a fresh sense of urgency and determination.

We sat down with Al Gore to discuss this new film, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, and to ask how he remains hopeful in a world where progress is still too slow, and whether he thinks President Trump will see the movie.

Originally published on The National Student –

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