Former Vice President Al Gore is finding one positive thing about President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement: the “biggest upsurge” of climate activism ever.
“What we are seeing in the United States of America today is the biggest upsurge of activism in favor of the climate that we have ever experienced. And it’s in reaction to what President Trump has said,” Gore said during a taping of a SiriusXM/Variety Magazine town hall interview.
“And we are seeing the same thing around the world — the other countries have doubled down on their commitment,” Gore continued.
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Trump’s decision makes America one of just a handful of nations not participating in the international agreement to curb pollution.
Trump’s decision to withdraw has been met with criticism from environmental groups and protests. Most notably, the People’s Climate March this spring in Washington drew thousands who marched to ask the administration to stay in the international agreement.
Gore struck a hopeful tone about the bigger picture, saying that “we still have the ability to avoid the most catastrophic consequences we could never adapt to.”
“Because people are now awakening to it and we now have the solutions available to us, the only remaining element needed is political will. But political will is a renewable resource and its my hope the movie will contribute to renewing that political will,” he said.
“The decades just ahead will be a test of the courage and character of human kind,” Gore said.
Gore also said he believes that Democrats are becoming more willing to embrace progressive ideas on issues such as climate change and healthcare.
“I do think progressive viewpoints are gaining ground in the Democratic Party — I’ve supported single-payer for 15 years now, and we are seeing a big change across the board,” Gore said.
“If you look at state government and state politics and local politics, the change is more pronounced there.”
The interview will debut Friday on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel.