We need to go far, quickly. The very web of life on which we depend is being ripped and frayed. And the consistent conclusion, restated with increasing alarm, is that something basic is wrong. Al Gore Official portrait, 1994 45th Vice President of the United States In office January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001 President Bill Clinton Preceded by Dan Quayle Succeeded by Dick Cheney United States Senator from Tennessee In office January 3, 1985 – January 2, 1993 Preceded by Howard Baker Succeeded by Harlan Mathews Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee In … When we unite for a moral purpose that is manifestly good and true, the spiritual energy unleashed can transform us. We shared that same worthy goal when we began burning massive quantities of coal, then oil and methane. Let us acknowledge that if we wish to redeem squandered time and speak again with moral authority, then these are the hard truths: The way ahead is difficult. These prior struggles for survival were won when leaders found words at the 11th hour that released a mighty surge of courage, hope and readiness to sacrifice for a protracted and mortal challenge. ", The future is knocking at our door right now. This is by far the most effective and simplest way to accelerate solutions to this crisis. In his mid-December concession speech, Gore said that “while I strongly disagree with the court’s decision, I accept it. The mud gives a little bit on the river bank. I haven't fallen in love yet. "An Inconvenient Truth," the big-screen adaptation of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's slide-show lecture about the perils of global warming, won Academy Awards on … No, these were calls to come to the defense of the common future. They were calls upon the courage, generosity and strength of entire peoples, citizens of every class and condition who were ready to stand against the threat once asked to do so. We must ensure that entrepreneurs and inventors everywhere on the globe have the chance to change the world. 2012 awards and honors. ... Al Gore announced last night that for the first time, the Academy Awards had a green theme. And still, we have remained largely oblivious to the impact of our cumulative actions. As temperature extremes have increased, tens of thousands have lost their lives. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote. That is just another way of saying that we have to expand the boundaries of what is possible. He then became a reporter for The Tennessean, a newspaper based in Nashville, Tennessee.While working (1971–76) for that paper, Gore also studied philosophy and law … It is not unreasonable to ask, given the gravity of our circumstances, that these heads of state meet every three months until the treaty is completed. Democratic Party leaders spoke about party platform issues, the Bush administration record, and Senator John Kerry’s…, After official welcoming remarks, two panels talked about how a Gore-Lieberman ticket would improve their lives.…, Senator Byrd spoke against using reconciliation on a tax bill and cited a conversation in 1994 in which he opposed…, https://images.c-span.org/Files/c8a/20000817221131001.jpg, © 2020 National Cable Satellite Corporation, Democratic National Convention Day 4 Evening, Democratic National Convention Day 4, Afternoon. Twelve years after South Park’s classic ManBearPig episode, Al Gore breaks his silence on the beast and his feelings about its return. Gore was the son of a Democratic congressman and senator from Tennessee.He graduated from Harvard University in 1969 and enlisted in the army, serving in the Vietnam War as a military reporter from 1969 through 1971. ", As the American poet Robert Frost wrote, "Some say the world will end in fire; some say in ice." We also need a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store carbon dioxide. Part of HuffPost Politics. Al Gore Says ‘We Have the Solutions We Need to Solve the Climate Crisis’ on Earth Day 2020 this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Even in Nobel's time, there were a few warnings of the likely consequences. An Inconvenient Truth Awards and Nominations. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. For now we still have the power to choose our fate, and the remaining question is only this: Have we the will to act vigorously and in time, or will we remain imprisoned by a dangerous illusion? We asked for a second opinion. I accept the finality of this outcome.” I accept the finality of this outcome.” The innovators who will devise a new way to harness the sun's energy for pennies or invent an engine that's carbon negative may live in Lagos or Mumbai or Montevideo. On Oscar night, if Al Gore has slimmed down 25 or 30 pounds, Lord knows.'" It is a purpose I have tried to serve for many years. Even though I fear my words cannot match this moment, I pray what I am feeling in my heart will be communicated clearly enough that those who hear me will say, "We must act. During the award ceremony, Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio shared the stage to speak about the "greening" of the ceremony itself. In the last year of that war, you gave the Peace Prize to a man from my hometown of 2000 people, Carthage, Tennessee. As late as 1988, Al Gore was bragging in a speech to tobacco farmers in North Carolina, "Throughout most of my life, I raised tobacco. But they will not take us far enough without collective action. Once again, it is the 11th hour. At the same time, we must ensure that in mobilizing globally, we do not invite the establishment of ideological conformity and a new lock-step "ism.". Unprecedented wildfires have forced a half million people from their homes in one country and caused a national emergency that almost brought down the government in another. Therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.". Al Gore's platform pledged to "keep our economy strong by building on the careful fiscal policies of the last seven years". The experts have told us it is not a passing affliction that will heal by itself. Peoples in the frozen Arctic and on low-lying Pacific islands are planning evacuations of places they have long called home. OSLO, NORWAY . We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency - a threat to the survival of our civilization that is gathering ominous and destructive potential even as we gather here. Al Gore Former Vice President Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. *This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning. Now science is warning us that if we do not quickly reduce the global warming pollution that is trapping so much of the heat our planet normally radiates back out of the atmosphere, we are in danger of creating a permanent "carbon summer. And a third. Vice President Al Gore delivered his acceptance speech to delegates at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. And most important of all, we need to put a price on carbon -- with a CO2 tax that is then rebated back to the people, progressively, according to the laws of each nation, in ways that shift the burden of taxation from employment to pollution. My parents spoke often of Hull, always in tones of reverence and admiration. I have over a thousand of these." This week, I will urge the delegates in Bali to adopt a bold mandate for a treaty that establishes a universal global cap on emissions and uses the market in emissions trading to efficiently allocate resources to the most effective opportunities for speedy reductions. Yet as George Orwell reminds us: "Sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.". Unexpectedly, that quest has brought me here. His movie won an Oscar. We are standing at the most fateful fork in that path. Gore-Mary Abraham. Gore began to give a speech that appeared to be leading up to an announcement that he would run for president. Mahatma Gandhi awakened the largest democracy on earth and forged a shared resolve with what he called "Satyagraha" - or "truth force.". Gore-stradmus. Both countries should stop using the other's behavior as an excuse for stalemate and instead develop an agenda for mutual survival in a shared global environment. Wrongly believing the inventor had just died, a newspaper printed a harsh judgment of his life's work, unfairly labeling him "The Merchant of Death" because of his invention - dynamite. But neither need be our fate. Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" lacks the shock and awe of its urgent, articulate and motivational 2006 Oscar-winning original documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun. One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. And a fourth. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as 7 years. We must quickly mobilize our civilization with the urgency and resolve that has previously been seen only when nations mobilized for war. Cordell Hull was described by Franklin Roosevelt as the "Father of the United Nations." Mẹ của Gore là Pauline LaFon Gore, một trong những phụ nữ đầu tiên tốt nghiệp Trường Luật Đại học Vanderbilt. But there is hopeful news as well: we have the ability to solve this crisis and avoid the worst - though not all - of its consequences, if we act boldly, decisively and quickly. I have a purpose here today. The pace of our response must be accelerated to match the accelerating pace of the crisis itself. Their eloquent warnings here in Oslo helped galvanize the world's resolve to halt the nuclear arms race. Gore-magnificent. All rights reserved. And the fever is rising. I salute Europe and Japan for the steps they've taken in recent years to meet the challenge, and the new government in Australia, which has made solving the climate crisis its first priority. OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Al Gore has been the Cassandra of the climate crisis seemingly since the times of Cassandra. Moreover, the catastrophe now threatening us is unprecedented - and we often confuse the unprecedented with the improbable. Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Honorable members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen. Al Gore has received a number of important awards and honors. Our enemies in those times calculated that free people would not rise to the challenge; they were, of course, catastrophically wrong. We are recklessly burning and clearing our forests and driving more and more species into extinction. In that moment, I knew what my father and mother would have felt were they alive. Now, we and the earth's climate are locked in a relationship familiar to war planners: "Mutually assured destruction.". Seventy years later, my teacher, Roger Revelle, and his colleague, Dave Keeling, began to precisely document the increasing CO2 levels day by day. We never intended to cause all this destruction, just as Alfred Nobel never intended that dynamite be used for waging war. You must make the path as you walk.". Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Transcript: Al Gore's Speech Al Gore said in his convention speech the world is facing a "planetary emergency" — and Obama is the person to help solve it. That means adopting principles, values, laws, and treaties that release creativity and initiative at every level of society in multifold responses originating concurrently and spontaneously. Millions have been displaced by massive flooding in South Asia, Mexico, and 18 countries in Africa. It is time to make peace with the planet. In the years since this prize was first awarded, the entire relationship between humankind and the earth has been radically transformed. In the Kanji characters used in both Chinese and Japanese, "crisis" is written with two symbols, the first meaning "danger," the second "opportunity." It's quiet; it's peaceful. The outer boundary of what we currently believe is feasible is still far short of what we actually must do. You feel the grass. Today is National Voter Registration Day! Vice President Al Gore delivered his acceptance speech to delegates at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Either, he notes, "would suffice.". Full text and audio mp3 of Al Gore 2000 Presidential Concession Speech Gore's platform stated: "This fiscally-disciplined approach assures that our children will not be saddled with debt - and the enormous annual interest burden on that debt - and the costs of paying … Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president and presidential candidate who reinvented himself as an environmentalist, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to fight global warming. Stronger storms in the Pacific and Atlantic have threatened whole cities. We are many. Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Honorable members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen. For this purpose we will rise, and we will act.". But the outcome will be decisively influenced by two nations that are now failing to do enough: the United States and China. And when large truths are genuinely inconvenient, whole societies can, at least for a time, ignore them. The great Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, wrote, "One of these days, the younger generation will come knocking at my door. The penalties for ignoring this challenge are immense and growing, and at some near point would be unsustainable and unrecoverable. In the words of the Spanish poet, Antonio Machado, "Pathwalker, there is no path. I have a purpose here today. --Jon Stewart "Congratulations to Al Gore. An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 American concert/documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate people about global warming.The film features a slide show that, by Gore's own estimate, he has presented over 1,000 times to audiences worldwide. It is a purpose I have tried to serve for many years. Ten years ago, I presented it in Kyoto. In every land, the truth - once known - has the power to set us free. Make no mistake, the next generation will ask us one of two questions. You notice the leaves rustling with the wind. Indeed, without realizing it, we have begun to wage war on the earth itself. Following is the text of the concession speech delivered by Al Gore on Wednesday: Good evening. National Debt and Social Security. As a result, the earth has a fever. The world needs an alliance - especially of those nations that weigh heaviest in the scales where earth is in the balance. Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Now comes the threat of climate crisis - a threat that is real, rising, imminent, and universal. Here’s how. After performing 10,000 equations by hand, Svante Arrhenius calculated that the earth's average temperature would increase by many degrees if we doubled the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. These are the last few years of decision, but they can be the first years of a bright and hopeful future if we do what we must. DECEMBER 10, 2007. Last September 21, as the Northern Hemisphere tilted away from the sun, scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the North Polar ice cap is "falling off a cliff." Thiếu thời. Desperate farmers are losing their livelihoods. We also find it hard to imagine making the massive changes that are now necessary to solve the crisis. We must understand the connections between the climate crisis and the afflictions of poverty, hunger, HIV-Aids and other pandemics. I have prayed that God would show me a way to accomplish it. The Gore-monger. In the last few months, it has been harder and harder to misinterpret the signs that our world is spinning out of kilter. This treaty should be ratified and brought into effect everywhere in the world by the beginning of 2010 - two years sooner than presently contemplated. In the distance you hear a cow. The generation that defeated fascism throughout the world in the 1940s found, in rising to meet their awesome challenge, that they had gained the moral authority and long-term vision to launch the Marshall Plan, the United Nations, and a new level of global cooperation and foresight that unified Europe and facilitated the emergence of democracy and prosperity in Germany, Japan, Italy and much of the world. Major cities in North and South America, Asia and Australia are nearly out of water due to massive droughts and melting glaciers. ", The distinguished scientists with whom it is the greatest honor of my life to share this award have laid before us a choice between two different futures - a choice that to my ears echoes the words of an ancient prophet: "Life or death, blessings or curses. No one should believe a solution will be found without effort, without cost, without change. Eight weeks ago, when you announced this prize, the deepest emotion I felt was when I saw the headline in my hometown paper that simply noted I had won the same prize that Cordell Hull had won. More than two decades ago, scientists calculated that nuclear war could throw so much debris and smoke into the air that it would block life-giving sunlight from our atmosphere, causing a "nuclear winter." Climate refugees have migrated into areas already inhabited by people with different cultures, religions, and traditions, increasing the potential for conflict. You hear the birds; you hear the tree frogs. Tonight, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. One of the very first winners of the Prize in chemistry worried that, "We are evaporating our coal mines into the air." We must abandon the conceit that individual, isolated, private actions are the answer. So today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. I want you to know that … We have everything we need to get started, save perhaps political will, but political will is a renewable resource. 2017 awards and honors. We are what is wrong, and we must make it right. Moreover, between here and there, across the unknown, falls the shadow. Report profane or abusive content. There is an African proverb that says, "If you want to go quickly, go alone. So I want to end as I began, with a vision of two futures - each a palpable possibility - and with a prayer that we will see with vivid clarity the necessity of choosing between those two futures, and the urgency of making the right choice now. Either they will ask: "What were you thinking; why didn't you act? He had hoped his invention would promote human progress. Sometimes, without warning, the future knocks on our door with a precious and painful vision of what might be. I heard you and I will not forget.” Which is not really true. Today it got reversed by the Supreme Court. ", Or they will ask instead: "How did you find the moral courage to rise and successfully resolve a crisis that so many said was impossible to solve?". But that unwelcome verdict also brought a precious if painful gift: an opportunity to search for fresh new ways to serve my purpose. Seven years ago tomorrow, I read my own political obituary in a judgment that seemed to me harsh and mistaken - if not premature. We must begin by making the common rescue of the global environment the central organizing principle of the world community. If you want to go far, go together." Al Gore: You look at that river gently flowing by. Shaken by this condemnation, the inventor made a fateful choice to serve the cause of peace. Report Video Issue So let us renew it, and say together: "We have a purpose. While India is also growing fast in importance, it should be absolutely clear that it is the two largest CO2 emitters -- most of all, my own country -- that will need to make the boldest moves, or stand accountable before history for their failure to act. The platform included a plan to pay off the national debt by 2012. Heads of state should meet early next year to review what was accomplished in Bali and take personal responsibility for addressing this crisis. ©2020 Verizon Media. Just as Hull's generation found moral authority in rising to solve the world crisis caused by fascism, so too can we find our greatest opportunity in rising to solve the climate crisis. One hundred and nineteen years ago, a wealthy inventor read his own obituary, mistakenly published years before his death. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore took center stage at the Oscars as the big-screen adaptation of his slide-show lecture … As these problems are linked, so too must be their solutions. He was an inspiration and hero to my own father, who followed Hull in the Congress and the U.S. Senate and in his commitment to world peace and global cooperation. SPEECH BY AL GORE ON THE ACCEPTANCE. Javascript must be enabled in order to access C-SPAN videos. They can and do help. In a speech by U-S Vice President Al Gore, he defended Washington's position saying the Clinton Administration will not promise what it cannot do. This new consciousness requires expanding the possibilities inherent in all humanity. Truth also has the power to unite us and bridge the distance between "me" and "we," creating the basis for common effort and shared responsibility. Just moments ago, I spoke with George … Following is the text of Vice President Al Gore's concession speech Wednesday night, from the Old Executive Office Building in Washington, as recorded by The New York Times… However, despite a growing number of honorable exceptions, too many of the world's leaders are still best described in the words Winston Churchill applied to those who ignored Adolf Hitler's threat: "They go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all powerful to be impotent.". But unlike most other forms of pollution, CO2 is invisible, tasteless, and odorless -- which has helped keep the truth about what it is doing to our climate out of sight and out of mind. Starting in Congress more than 40 years ago, he … These were not comforting and misleading assurances that the threat was not real or imminent; that it would affect others but not ourselves; that ordinary life might be lived even in the presence of extraordinary threat; that Providence could be trusted to do for us what we would not do for ourselves. Albert A. Gore, Jr. sinh ra tại Washington, D.C., là con trai của Albert Arnold Gore, Sr..Al Gore, Sr. là Dân biểu Hoa Kỳ (1939-1944, 1945-1953), Thượng Nghị sÄ© Hoa Kỳ (1953-1971) đại diện tiểu bang Tennessee. By facing and removing the danger of the climate crisis, we have the opportunity to gain the moral authority and vision to vastly increase our own capacity to solve other crises that have been too long ignored. … Seven years later, Alfred Nobel created this prize and the others that bear his name. 2017 Honorary Doctorate, University of Melbourne. Fifteen years ago, I made that case at the "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro.