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In a starkly honest interview with Culture Trip, Al Gore spoke about the pressing need he felt to make this film, focussing on the fact that we now have technologies that will make saving the planet cheaper than ever.
The former senator also made a link between a tactic once employed by tobacco companies (in which they would hire fake doctors to tell consumers that cigarette smoking was perfectly healthy) and the tactic now used by carbon polluters in order to hide the evidence of global warming. Pulling no punches, Gore explained how much money is being spent in distorting the scientific facts behind his films.
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On a more positive note, Gore added that the Paris Agreement (which came into effect in late 2016) was a huge step in the right direction. President Trump has recently announced his intention to withdraw from the global accord, which aims to reduce pollution to net zero by the middle of the century.
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Gore also explained the ways in which he offsets his own carbon footprint – a source of much debate – and the depressing reality that we are on track to lose some of the most beautiful natural wonders around the world thanks to pollution. At risk are the snow and ice of the Alps, the snow in the Andes, the Himalayas, Antarctica and Greenland.
Finally Gore had some advice for climate change deniers: he told them to watch the nightly news, which he described to be ‘a nature hike through the book of revelations.’ ‘Just connect up the dots’, he said.
An Inconvenient Sequel is on general release from August 18