Former Vice President Al Gore shot down the idea that Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord was going to put a stop to the “sustainability revolution.” Speaking at the Ashden Awards 2017 before the Royal Geographic Society in London on Thursday night, Gore said that “no one person can stop the climate movement.” He added that “we are going to win no matter what President Donald Trump says.”
This movement is like those that have come before it, the former vice president explained, such as the abolition of slavery. Though they faced fierce opposition in their day, history has proved that no one person actually holds enough power to change the momentum of this kind of revolution.
When the president of my country was preparing to make his announcement about the Paris Agreement and we didn’t know what it would be, I was very worried that if he pulled the US out of the agreement then other countries, perhaps those not entirely enthusiastic about the Paris Agreement, would use it as an excuse for pulling out themselves. I can tell you that in the aftermath of that decision, there has been no such cascade of other countries — to the contrary. What I have seen and heard is an expression of solidarity, not only in all of the other countries of the world, but also of governors of states and mayors of cities and leaders of businesses in the US.
No one person can stop the climate movement or the sustainability revolution — we are going to win no matter what President Donald Trump says.
The Paris Agreement, I believe, is actually stronger today. I say that with all sincerity and conviction. Since the Paris Agreement was reached, many hundreds of coal plants have been cancelled in China and India and in quite a few other places. […]
Just as the sustainability revolution should be understood in the context of the technological revolutions that came before it [the agricultural, industrial and digital revolutions], the climate movement should be seen in the context of the great moral causes that have transformed and improved the outlook for humanity.
Gore is not the only one to believe that the move toward sustainability will continue despite Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement. Former President Obama responded to the news that Trump had pulled out of the deal by saying that “even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”
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