A decade after the American environmentalist Al Gore's Oscar winning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change high on the agenda, the overwhelming and compassionate follow up, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, is about to be released. In the film, we follow former US Vice President, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Al Gore on his continuing mission to battle climate change.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is available on Digital and DVD on 11 December. Pre-order now here.
Al Gore calls Ethica Magazine from Morelia in Mexico to discuss his new film and talk about the environment and veganism.
What are you doing in Mexico?
I am doing PR for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power at a film festival here, and I and my team are preparing for a series of courses and lectures on climate change that will take place in Mexico at the beginning of next year.
The documentary film makers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk followed you around behind the scenes for a long time to make An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power. How did it feel to be filmed every day?
At first it was a pain, but I soon got used to the cameras being everywhere. The film makers shot an insane amount of material, so they had a lot to go through in order to select what would be included in the final movie. If I had been part of the editing process, I would probably have deleted clips where I look old and tired. In my head I am younger, slimmer and have darker, thicker hair. (laughs).
You are a role model and inspiration for many. What inspires you?
My interest in the topic of global warming started in the 1960s. I attended a college course held by one of our foremost scientists, Professor Roger Revelle. Everything he predicted has gone through. We've been in touch over the years and I have learned a lot from him. I'm also inspired by all the people I meet during my travels, lectures and courses. The global interest in making our world better grows from day to day, and it gives me great hope for the future.
In the film, you criticise Donald Trump for denying the climate change. What can be done to make him see reality?
I hope he will realise the reality and take the climate issues seriously. But even if he does not, the work continues without him. Technology is moving forward and renewable energy is becoming increasingly accessible to more and more people. For example, in the film we meet the Republican Dale Ross, Mayor of Georgetown, Texas.
Texas is one of the most conservative states and the majority voted for Trump. But when it comes to energy issues, they oppose their president and Georgetown has become one of the first cities in the US to get its electricity from 100% renewable fuels.
Why did you become vegan?
It was a choice I made a few years ago, partly because my doctor recommended it and partly because plant-based food is good for the environment. I feel better and eat more when I eat a plant-based diet. Nowadays, it is possible to get vegan alternatively at many restaurants around the world, and the vegan meat substitutes are getting better. I do not miss meat anymore.
Do you have green fingers?
I like working on the farm. At our Nashville farm we grow organic vegetables and fruits and sell it locally. However, I have to admit that my hands are rather smooth at present, because it was a while since I did any hard farming work. During the past six months I have devoted (myself) to marketing the new film, as well as traveling a lot and holding lectures in many different parts of the world. But soon I will spend more time at home on the farm and I look forward to working more 'hands on' with the crops.
10 top tips from Al Gore for a greener lifestyle
• Contact politicians and encourage them to invest in renewable energy
• Consume less hot water
• Air dry clothes instead of using a tumble dryer
• Plant a tree
• Buy organic vegetables
• Turn off TV and computer when not in use
• Eat less meat
• Drive a more environmentally friendly car and carpool more
• Engage in organisations working with environmental issues
Pre-order An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power now. The film is avalible on Digital and DVD on 11th December. Which you can pre-order on Amazon here.