Al Gore has declaring climate change should be an urgent matter for politicians
Gore received a standing ovation after the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which opened this year's Sundance Film Festival, as he encouraged audiences to place hope especially in solar power to tackle global warming.
“Whether or not Donald Trump, inaugurated tomorrow, will take the kind of approach that continues this progress, we'll have to see, but let me reiterate, no one person can stop this,” Vice-President Gore told the audience.
An Inconvenient Sequel follows Vice-President Gore, 68, a decade after his groundbreaking 2006 An Inconvenient Truth, as he discussed environmental policy with state leaders and connected weather-related catastrophes to a global climate crisis.
The film also shows Vice-President Gore's behind-the-scenes efforts to bring India on board with the 2015 Paris climate agreement by trying to help them get affordable access to solar energy.
Mr Gore made the speech at the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
President-elect Trump has dismissed man-made climate change as a hoax and said during his campaign that he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. However in November, he said he had an “open mind” on the 200-nation accord to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels.
No one person can stop this
Vice-President Gore never names Mr Trump in the film, but the president-elect is seen on television during his campaign saying climate change was low on his list of priorities. After the election, Vice-President Gore is seen entering the Trump Tower to meet the president-elect.
President-elect Trump has previously dismissed man-made climate change as a hoax
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A very polluted day in Indonesia. The smoke was caused by the fires in Borneo peatlands that was started from the end of July. For almost three months the people in Borneo had to breathe such toxic fumes.
When asked by an audience member if he could reveal what happened in the meeting, Vice-President Gore declined to divulge details but said “it's not the last conversation.”
“There have been a lot of people who've started out as deniers and who have changed over time. Whether he will or not remains to be seen,” he said.
“An Inconvenient Sequel” is the centrepiece of Sundance's New Climate documentary spotlight.
The film encourages audiences to place hope especially in solar power to tackle global warming
Earlier in the day, filmmaker and Sundance founder Robert Redford said the festival didn't take a stance on politics, but he expressed pride in the growth of documentaries.
“The news media world has shrunk into more of a sound bite world. Everything's so clipped and short, it gives you no time to digest, no time to contemplate,” Mr Redford said at a news conference.
“I felt like documentaries are having a more important role than ever because it becomes long-form journalism.”