The Case for Al Gore – Part 1

The era of President Donald J Trump has brought with it a feeling of unease. A large number of people now believe that America, democracy, and even is more at risk than it was just a few short years ago. Al Gore, on the other hand, still adheres to a relentless belief in democracy. And he’s unlikely to be convinced otherwise.

An easier Gore

He may, at one time, have been something of a wooden politician. Perhaps he’s now fighting a battle he more passionately believes in (not just America but the world), as the later-model Gore appears looser and more at ease with himself. He seems more genuine and warmer. Perhaps the presence of his numerous grandkids helps to explain that.

Gore is now content to regard politics as a career from a previous life and is more than happy to continue on in his current guise, as a champion for Mother Earth. More specifically, the role he assumes now is to educate people on climate change, as well as teaching them how to educate others.

An Inconvenient Sequel

Gore has now released two full-length documentaries on climate change. The second, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, directed by Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen, was originally intended to be released after an international climate agreement and a new U.S. president on board with doing all he can to increase efforts to help the planet. It was instead released on the 28th of July, 2017, and so much for the president’s efforts.

The sequel isn’t entirely different than Gore’s first effort (An Inconvenient Truth, directed by Davis Guggenheim). There are fewer slideshows and we see Gore more in action- making his way through small Texan towns, flood waters, and glaciers. The structure is largely the same, however. He educates us on the issues that we’re facing, what we can do about it, and how to measure any progress we make.

An inconvenient prophecy

As it turns out, Gore was right about his predictions for what would occur between his two documentaries: more floods and more heat waves but also the International climate cooperation and clean energy economy.

However, the film does feel like something is being missed out. While there have been edits made to include Donald Trump’s election win and the U.S. president’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, there is only a small part of the film devoted to it.

PARIS, FRANCE – DECEMBER 12: Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres (L 2), Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon (C), Foreign Affairs Minister and President-designate of COP21 Laurent Fabius (R 2), and France’s President Francois Hollande (R) raise hands together after adoption of a historic global warming pact at the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, on December 12, 2015. (Photo by Arnaud BOUISSOU/COP21/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A radical approach

The rise of Trump has encouraged the left to adopt more sense and even a more radical approach to climate change. They say that global corporate capitalism, the never-ending growth it calls for, and how it separates from natural cycles and community is the issue, and that climate change is merely but one symptom.

Gore supports green businesses and famously advocates a more ecological and long-term approach to finance. He believes that modern capitalism possesses tools that can help with the climate crisis. In fact, he even wrote a book on a number of potential solutions. Our Choice by Al Gore champions progress, technology, and markets.