I’m Jolene of Futurism,
and today we have an exclusive interview
with former Vice President Al Gore about climate change
and why we as humans need to care.
Former Vice President Gore is about to release a sequel
to his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth.
So we wanted to find out what’s changed since then
and how climate science has progressed.
So Inconvenient Truth came out in 2006,
which was about a decade ago.
Why make a sequel now ? What’s changed since then ?
嗯 有两大改变 也可以说是三个
Well, there are two big changes, arguably three.
First the climate-related extreme weather events
are way more numerous now and more destructive.
In the last seven years,
we’ve had 11 once in a thousand year events in the US.
The second big change is that we’ve got the solutions now.
They were visible on the horizon a decade ago.
And the technology experts were convincing
when they said they’re going to be here.
And the third changes we have the Paris Agreement now.
One of the goals of Inconvenient Truth was
to just get the word out there about climate change.
Would you say then that that attempt was by and large successful？
Well I think that it helped.
There has been a significant shift in favor of action.
Two-thirds of the American people
now support action.
But even though the threshold we have to clear is higher now,
we can clear it, we will clear it,
with a grassroots of the movement.
With that in mind then,
what are your thoughts on?
How renewable energies have progressed over the last decades?
Are you sort of uplifted, that’s promising
or is there a lot more that we should be doing?
I’m super encouraged by the trends.
Particularly in the developing countries
that don’t have the landline electricity grids that are all built out.
There leapfrogging straight to solar and wind.
It’s really quite exciting.
There was a contract just signed here in the US
for electricity from solar PV cells,
at less than half the cost of electricity from burning coal or gas.
So I think it’s a really powerful new reality.
Leaders of Industry have stepped up in various,
government officials have stepped up and said
we’re going to fulfill our obligations,
despite what the Trump administration does.
And so moving forward you think that
it’s going to take individuals and companies like that,
really pushing and sort of forcing these changes?
I think it’s ironic that so many business leaders are
far ahead of political leaders.
You know, Apple is 100% renewable in the US,
and then China, soon will be globally.
Google has taken the same approach.
Microsoft is very responsible.
And now a lot of cities have decided to go 100% renewable.
I am hopeful, I don’t even like to think about
the prospects for humanity if we fail to act.
I think we will act.
The remaining question is how long will it take to really cross
this political tipping point where we get bold action.
The Paris Agreement was a huge historic breakthrough.
But even if you take all of the commitments there
and add them together, they’re still not enough.
But because they give us such a good start,
It lays a foundation for even bolder action in the years ahead.