WATCH: Al Gore on disruptive politics, Green New Deals and climate strikes
During a 30-minute keynote speech at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, former vice president Al Gore gave a rousing speech on the climate crisis and global efforts to transition to a net-zero economy. Here, edie rounds up the key points of his speech for you to watch.
Al Gore on climate facts…
With news emerging last week that big corporations such as Google and those in the automotive industry had allegedly been supporting climate-denying think tanks, Al Gore used the speech to remind us all of the stark challenges we face.
Al Gore on the need to act beyond policy
Disruptive political environments in the US and the UK to name a few risk slowing the global climate movement, Al Gore claims now is the time to act in spite of politics.
Al Gore on green growth
The green economy is one of the best-performing sectors globally in terms of growth. Al Gore reminded delegates at the C40 Mayors Summit of the opportunities that sustainability and climate action can bring.
Al Gore on the Global Green New Deal
The Mayors of cities including Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Paris issued a rallying call for the adoption of a Global Green New Deal that recognises the threat of the climate emergency and strives to transition to a low-carbon future through a fair and just transition. Al Gore welcomed this movement.
Al Gore on ‘moral cowards’
Despite the actions of many, there are some nations, cities and businesses that aren’t pulling their weight in the climate battle. Al Gore had some strong words for them…
Al Gore on the next generation
The rise of the global climate strikes has created a new understanding of what the consumers, workers and business leaders of tomorrow want – a healthy and prosperous planet. Al Gore outlined the two worlds the leaders of today can leave them.
BONUS: Al Gore on the stupidity of Brexit
This one is pretty self-explanatory…
You can watch the full keynote speech via C40’s Youtube page, or by clicking here.
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I was there when he spoke and it was the most powerful speech I heard in a long time, quite moving and also inspiring, giving those of us who work on these issues a call to arms and the feeling we are not alone.