03 Dec Al Gore calls for changes in means of production and transport
“Do we really have to change the energy, transportation, agriculture and forestry systems in the world to shift to a low-carbon pattern?” he asked in his speech at the Conference Centre.
“The answer is yes […] because the answer is coming from nature itself,” concluded the man who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 alongside the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “The television news every evening is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation [the final book of the New Testament, also known as The Apocalypse of John],” he added, highlighting the growing number of extreme climate events.
The scientific community is now “virtually unanimous” in recognizing the impact of human activity on the climate, the evidence of which is “just as clear as it is for the existence of gravity”, continued the author of An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary on the consequences of global warming.
During a press conference later in the day, Al Gore said he hoped that there would no longer be any doubt and that we would manage to resolve the climate crisis. He believed that technological progress gave us hope that the world would eventually stop using fossil fuels, which are a major cause of climate change.
He said that the business community, investors and other actors had created solar and wind technologies that made these resources extremely competitive.
A little earlier in the day, Al Gore had met with the President of COP21, Laurent Fabius, in the office of the French Presidency (Hall 1). He declared to journalists that he was impressed by the French Presidency, because COP21 was really well organized.
(With AFP, the French news agency)