As he releases the sequel to his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, former US Vice President Al Gore says nothing will stop him and America from striving to solve the climate crisis- and that includes US President Donald Trump.
Trump made headlines in June when he withdrew US support from the Paris climate accord – an agreement Gore believes is instrumental in the fight against climate change.
Speaking to Be in Sydney to promote An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, 69-year-old Gore said it “doesn’t matter what Donald Trump says, we’re going to solve this”.
“I worried when Donald Trump announced that he wanted to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement, that other countries would follow his lead," Gore said, "but the exact opposite has happened.
“The entire rest of the world has said, ‘We’re standing firm, we’re still in and the key players in the US have also said the same thing’.
“I think the world could move faster with US leadership from President Trump but if he refuses to lead, then the others will stand up and do it for him.”
The United States, along with Syria and Nicaragua, is one of three nations that does note support the Paris climate agreement.
Gore believes if Hilary Clinton had claimed election victory last year, the US would be closer to solving this “existential threat to our future”.
“I think [things] would have been very different and I think we would have continued the policies of former President Barack Obama,” he says.
“But that didn’t happen and so we have to move forward in a different way.”
As viewers will see in the new film, Gore has spent the past decade meeting with state representatives and mayors across the US, lobbying for their support in addressing the climate crisis.
And he’s optimistic about the progress that’s been made.
“Thankfully the governors of our larger state and the mayors of our cities and the leaders of our businesses have all stepped up now and they’ve said, ‘We’re going to meet the US commitments and the Paris agreement regardless of what Donald Trump does or says’,” Gore expains.
“And just as in Australia, the heads of our states and cities actually have more to do with energy policy and economic policy than the federal government does and when they’re with you and moving in the right direction, you’re going to get there.”
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power hits cinemas in Australia in August.