Speaking Thursday in Melbourne, Australia at the EcoCity World Summit, former vice president Al Gore told attendees that the battle against global warming issues is just as important as the many social issue struggles around the world.
“The abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage and women’s rights, the civil rights movement and the anti apartheid movement in South Africa, the movement to stop the toxic phase of nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement,” Gore said. “All these movements have one thing in common. they were all met with ferocious resistance.”
Gore claimed that “16 of the hottest years ever measured with instruments have been since 2001,” adding that “heat waves here in Australia are now five time more likely because of global warming.” He lamented that two years ago, 1,200 people died in Pakistan because of a heat wave, 20 million people are nearing starvation, and “India had the worst drought in at least 140 years last year.”
He blamed a string of floods, fires, drought, suicides, the Syrian civil war and the refugee crisis all on global warming.
Earlier this week, Gore joined Tom Tilley in the HACK studio in Australia on Tuesday for an interview, where he was asked about the Paris agreement – and President Trump.
“I see the climate movement in the context of the great moral crusades of the past – the abolition of slavery, the struggle for women’s rights, the civil rights movement in my country and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and more recently, the gay rights movement.”
“It’s wrong to use the sky as an open sewer and destroy the future for the next generation,” Gore claimed.
Regarding Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, he said he was “fearful” that Trump’s withdrawal would influence other countries to do the same. He claimed Trump has “isolated himself” and the country will move in the right direction without him.
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