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Protecting Our Planet: An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore & Alexandria Villaseñor

Al Gore & Alexandria Villaseñor join Washington Post Live on Monday, Oct. 25 (Video: The Washington Post)

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It’s been 15 years since former vice president Al Gore sounded the climate change alarm bell with his Academy Award-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” The conversation about the climate crisis has since only grown around the world. Join Washington Post Live on Monday, Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET, as Gore and 16-year-old climate activist Alexandria Villaseñor discuss where the conversation goes from here, what actions need to be taken and what they hope to see come out of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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Highlights

“We have already seen some commitments just in the run-up to COP26… But more needs to be done. And unfortunately, some of the stars are not aligned as well in advance of this meeting as they were in advance of the historic Paris meeting in 2015, but I still think some significant progress can be made even if it’s not a grand slam home run.” – Former vice president Al Gore (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Last year was the hottest year ever measured with instruments, the hottest seven years were the last seven years…That is why there are so many areas that are in danger of becoming literally unlivable, where human beings can’t survive more than two or three hours outdoors. And that’s why a lot of them are already migrating. Last year, there were four times as many climate refugees as there were all the refugees from wars and conflicts.” – Former vice president Al Gore (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Electric vehicles within the next year and a half to two years, some of the most popular model categories will be cheaper in the EV version than the internal combustion engine version, within four years in all model categories. That’s why virtually every automobile manufacturer in the world is switching over to electric vehicles.” – Former vice president Al Gore (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I did talk to him. He’s doing well. He’s looking forward to what his doctors predict will be a full recovery. He’s already out of the woods and all of us are wishing him well and hoping for a speedy and full recovery.” – Former vice president Al Gore (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Why it’s so important to have us [youth activists] in these conversations is because we are the moral voice in these decision making rooms… We haven’t really been indoctrinated into the system that so many adults and world leaders are in… And we’re the most affected generation. Climate change will affect every aspect of our lives. – Alexandria Villaseñor (Video: Washington Post Live)

Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is a founding partner 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.”

Alexandria Villaseñor

At the age of 13, Alexandria Villaseñor co-founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement, part of the youth led international Fridays for Future movement. Now, at the age of 16, Alexandria has become an internationally recognized environmental activist, public speaker, author and founder of several more initiatives, including the youth-led climate education focused non-profit, Earth Uprising International [earthuprising.org]. She has addressed the Democratic National Convention, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. She is a contributing author to All We Can Save [allwecansave.earth], an anthology of women climate leaders, and a child petitioner for the ground-breaking international complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Children vs. Climate Crisis [childrenvsclimatecrisis.org]. Alexandria serves on the advisory board for the national climate policy platform Evergreen Action [evergreenaction.com], is a youth spokesperson and advisor for the American Lung Association [lung.org], and she is the youngest Junior Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences [worldacademy.org]. For her work, Alexandria has received the Earth Day Network Youth Leadership Award, The Rachel Carson Environmental Justice Award, the Common Good American Spirit Changemaker award and was included on Politico’s top 100 people influential in climate change policy list.

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