Climate policies worldwide strengthening due to Trump backlash, says Gore
US President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate change agreement has actually solidified momentum amongst environmental activists, according to former vice president Al Gore.
Gore, whose follow-up to his 2006 Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” is showing in movie theaters worldwide this month, said governments and companies had stepped up since Trump’s decision in June to withdraw from the 2015 global pact between 195 countries.
Following the decision, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger announced they would leave White House advisory councils over Trump’s decision.
“The entire world the next day re-doubled their commitments to the Paris agreement and in the US the governors of our largest states and hundreds of mayors, thousands of business leaders, all stood up to fill the gap and said ‘We are still in the Paris agreement,’” Gore said.
“I do think that the reaction to Donald Trump is actually driving much more momentum in the climate movement,” he added.
Gore’s new documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” argues that fighting climate change is a moral battle, on a par with the civil rights movement in the United States or the fight for gay rights.
Shot mostly before Trump’s election, it also shows the Republican on the 2016 campaign trail promising to abolish environmental regulations and boost the coal and oil industries.
“An Inconvenient Truth” is credited with bringing climate change into mainstream political discourse in the United States a decade ago. It won the best documentary Oscar in 2007 and helped propel Gore to a Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Despite the exit from the Paris agreement, several US cities and states said last month that they would track and measure their progress in meeting climate goals in accordance with the agreement.
Meanwhile, Italy, Brazil, France and Germany have taken the lead in those making the most progress in sticking to the rules laid out, although even the greenhouse gas reductions achieved by these front-runners aren’t enough to prevent a 2°C rise in temperatures across the globe.