AL GORE

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

A decade af­ter the doc­u­men­tary An In­con­ve­nient Truth in­tro­duced the topic of cli­mate change to pop cul­ture, the for­mer vice pres­i­dent, 69, con­tin­ues his cru­sade. His fol­low-up, An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth to Power, opens in the­aters July 28.

You joke in the film that you’re a re­cov­er­ing politi­cian. Can you fore­see a time when you might run for of­fice again? It’s very un­likely. As I say in the movie, the longer I go with­out a re­lapse, the less likely one be­comes.

Are you still hope­ful now that the U.S. is out of the Paris cli­mate agree­ment? Yes. In the U.S., busi­nesses, in­vestors and lo­cal and state gov­ern­ments are mov­ing full speed ahead to make the changes that are nec­es­sary. Vir­tu­ally ev­ery na­tion in the world has agreed to go to net-zero green­house-gas emis­sions as early in the sec­ond half of the cen­tury as pos­si­ble.

When you’re not spread­ing the gospel of cli­mate change, what do you en­joy do­ing? Spend­ing a lot of time on my farm east of Nashville, where I live. My team and I planted 16,000 trees last year. We’ve been con­vert­ing the farm to a car­bon se­ques­tra­tion farm, grow­ing fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles and dis­tribut­ing them through the com­mu­ni­ty­sup­ported agri­cul­ture pro­gram. I like ca­noe­ing on the Caney Fork River. I like to take my kids and grand­kids wa­ter­ski­ing on the lake and hik­ing.

What are three things every­one can do to help make a greener planet? Go to Pa­rade.com/gore to find out.

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