Former vice president Al Gore has been sounding the alarm about the global climate crisis for decades. Elected in 1976 to the House of Representatives, Gore held some of the first congressional hearings on the subject. He continued the fight throughout his political career and beyond, becoming a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to inform the world about the dangers posed by climate change. This Earth Day he discussed several topics, including how to fight disinformation with science, the importance of cutting global emissions and investing in clean energy.

Highlights

Former vice president Al Gore says “we’re in the early stages of a sustainability revolution” that is the most significant investing and business opportunity in the entire history of the world. “This sustainability revolution has the magnitude of the industrial revolution but the speed of the digital revolution.” (Washington Post Live)
Former vice president Al Gore says the internet and social media give increased visibility to truth deniers. “Now in the age of the Internet, still unfolding, we see institutions like Facebook just asphyxiating newspapers and giving oxygen to these deniers of the truth, who are often serving some commercial agenda or some whacky nonsense ideology that is just based on fantasy, and it has really caused tremendous problems.” (Washington Post Live)
Former vice president Al Gore says President Biden has had the “strongest start in his first 100 days of any president since FDR.” “I think they’re hitting on all cylinders, they’ve appointed an A+ team, they are really hitting it out of the park every single week. And I think that by itself is also going to help to restore some of the trust in our government, in our institutions and in our ability to restore the health of American democracy.” (Washington Post Live)

Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. He is also a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.

He is the author of the #1 New York Times best-sellers "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The Assault on Reason," and the best-sellers “Earth in the Balance,” "Our Choice: A Plan To Solve the Climate Crisis," "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change," and most recently, The New York Times best-seller "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

He is the subject of the documentary movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won two Oscars in 2006 -- and a second documentary in 2017, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” In 2007, Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”