Vice President Al Gore delivered his acceptance speech to delegates at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Let us acknowledge that if we wish to redeem squandered time and speak again with moral authority, then these are the hard truths: The way ahead is difficult. But unlike most other forms of pollution, CO2 is invisible, tasteless, and odorless -- which has helped keep the truth about what it is doing to our climate out of sight and out of mind. Indeed, without realizing it, we have begun to wage war on the earth itself. Which is not really true. The great Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, wrote, "One of these days, the younger generation will come knocking at my door. Moreover, the catastrophe now threatening us is unprecedented - and we often confuse the unprecedented with the improbable. It's quiet; it's peaceful. Twelve years after South Parkâs classic ManBearPig episode, Al Gore breaks his silence on the beast and his feelings about its return. This week, I will urge the delegates in Bali to adopt a bold mandate for a treaty that establishes a universal global cap on emissions and uses the market in emissions trading to efficiently allocate resources to the most effective opportunities for speedy reductions. Now science is warning us that if we do not quickly reduce the global warming pollution that is trapping so much of the heat our planet normally radiates back out of the atmosphere, we are in danger of creating a permanent "carbon summer. Al Gore has received a number of important awards and honors. Therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.". We must abandon the conceit that individual, isolated, private actions are the answer. We also find it hard to imagine making the massive changes that are now necessary to solve the crisis. More than two decades ago, scientists calculated that nuclear war could throw so much debris and smoke into the air that it would block life-giving sunlight from our atmosphere, causing a "nuclear winter." Part of HuffPost Politics. These are the last few years of decision, but they can be the first years of a bright and hopeful future if we do what we must. Eight weeks ago, when you announced this prize, the deepest emotion I felt was when I saw the headline in my hometown paper that simply noted I had won the same prize that Cordell Hull had won. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun. Truth also has the power to unite us and bridge the distance between "me" and "we," creating the basis for common effort and shared responsibility. I have a purpose here today. You hear the birds; you hear the tree frogs. I have prayed that God would show me a way to accomplish it. 2017 awards and honors. After performing 10,000 equations by hand, Svante Arrhenius calculated that the earth's average temperature would increase by many degrees if we doubled the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 American concert/documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate people about global warming.The film features a slide show that, by Gore's own estimate, he has presented over 1,000 times to audiences worldwide. Al Gore: You look at that river gently flowing by. His movie won an Oscar. And the fever is rising. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. Mahatma Gandhi awakened the largest democracy on earth and forged a shared resolve with what he called "Satyagraha" - or "truth force.". The penalties for ignoring this challenge are immense and growing, and at some near point would be unsustainable and unrecoverable. ©2020 Verizon Media. One of the very first winners of the Prize in chemistry worried that, "We are evaporating our coal mines into the air." Unexpectedly, that quest has brought me here. Transcript: Al Gore's Speech Al Gore said in his convention speech the world is facing a "planetary emergency" â and Obama is the person to help solve it. Cordell Hull was described by Franklin Roosevelt as the "Father of the United Nations." Today it got reversed by the Supreme Court. We need to go far, quickly. Albert A. Gore, Jr. sinh ra táº¡i Washington, D.C., là con trai cá»§a Albert Arnold Gore, Sr..Al Gore, Sr. là Dân biá»u Hoa Ká»³ (1939-1944, 1945-1953), ThÆ°á»£ng Nghá» sÄ© Hoa Ká»³ (1953-1971) Äáº¡i diá»n tiá»u bang Tennessee. On Oscar night, if Al Gore has slimmed down 25 or 30 pounds, Lord knows.'" The very web of life on which we depend is being ripped and frayed. Yet as George Orwell reminds us: "Sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.". We also need a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store carbon dioxide. And a third. This is by far the most effective and simplest way to accelerate solutions to this crisis. We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency - a threat to the survival of our civilization that is gathering ominous and destructive potential even as we gather here. It is not unreasonable to ask, given the gravity of our circumstances, that these heads of state meet every three months until the treaty is completed. The mud gives a little bit on the river bank. Sometimes, without warning, the future knocks on our door with a precious and painful vision of what might be. Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? â¦ It is a purpose I have tried to serve for many years. Starting in Congress more than 40 years ago, he â¦ If you want to go far, go together." LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore took center stage at the Oscars as the big-screen adaptation of his slide-show lecture â¦ We must quickly mobilize our civilization with the urgency and resolve that has previously been seen only when nations mobilized for war. One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Today is National Voter Registration Day! Their eloquent warnings here in Oslo helped galvanize the world's resolve to halt the nuclear arms race. 2017 Honorary Doctorate, University of Melbourne. I heard you and I will not forget.â And a fourth. We asked for a second opinion. In every land, the truth - once known - has the power to set us free. Gore-Mary Abraham. Vice President Al Gore delivered his acceptance speech to delegates at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Peoples in the frozen Arctic and on low-lying Pacific islands are planning evacuations of places they have long called home. My parents spoke often of Hull, always in tones of reverence and admiration. We never intended to cause all this destruction, just as Alfred Nobel never intended that dynamite be used for waging war. Máº¹ cá»§a Gore là Pauline LaFon Gore, má»t trong nhá»¯ng phá»¥ ná»¯ Äáº§u tiên tá»t nghiá»p TrÆ°á»ng Luáºt Äáº¡i há»c Vanderbilt. I have over a thousand of these." Gore's platform stated: "This fiscally-disciplined approach assures that our children will not be saddled with debt - and the enormous annual interest burden on that debt - and the costs of paying â¦ As late as 1988, Al Gore was bragging in a speech to tobacco farmers in North Carolina, "Throughout most of my life, I raised tobacco. But the outcome will be decisively influenced by two nations that are now failing to do enough: the United States and China. In the words of the Spanish poet, Antonio Machado, "Pathwalker, there is no path. I accept the finality of this outcome.â I accept the finality of this outcome.â For now we still have the power to choose our fate, and the remaining question is only this: Have we the will to act vigorously and in time, or will we remain imprisoned by a dangerous illusion? DECEMBER 10, 2007. In that moment, I knew what my father and mother would have felt were they alive. The platform included a plan to pay off the national debt by 2012. But they will not take us far enough without collective action. Just moments ago, I spoke with George â¦ In the Kanji characters used in both Chinese and Japanese, "crisis" is written with two symbols, the first meaning "danger," the second "opportunity." Stronger storms in the Pacific and Atlantic have threatened whole cities. We have everything we need to get started, save perhaps political will, but political will is a renewable resource. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. This treaty should be ratified and brought into effect everywhere in the world by the beginning of 2010 - two years sooner than presently contemplated. Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Honorable members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen. When we unite for a moral purpose that is manifestly good and true, the spiritual energy unleashed can transform us. Al Gore's platform pledged to "keep our economy strong by building on the careful fiscal policies of the last seven years". And when large truths are genuinely inconvenient, whole societies can, at least for a time, ignore them. Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events We must ensure that entrepreneurs and inventors everywhere on the globe have the chance to change the world. Once again, it is the 11th hour. You notice the leaves rustling with the wind. Unprecedented wildfires have forced a half million people from their homes in one country and caused a national emergency that almost brought down the government in another. Gore was the son of a Democratic congressman and senator from Tennessee.He graduated from Harvard University in 1969 and enlisted in the army, serving in the Vietnam War as a military reporter from 1969 through 1971. For this purpose we will rise, and we will act.". Now comes the threat of climate crisis - a threat that is real, rising, imminent, and universal. 2012 awards and honors. Gore-magnificent. ", The distinguished scientists with whom it is the greatest honor of my life to share this award have laid before us a choice between two different futures - a choice that to my ears echoes the words of an ancient prophet: "Life or death, blessings or curses. While India is also growing fast in importance, it should be absolutely clear that it is the two largest CO2 emitters -- most of all, my own country -- that will need to make the boldest moves, or stand accountable before history for their failure to act. We are recklessly burning and clearing our forests and driving more and more species into extinction. Seventy years later, my teacher, Roger Revelle, and his colleague, Dave Keeling, began to precisely document the increasing CO2 levels day by day. Full text and audio mp3 of Al Gore 2000 Presidential Concession Speech I want you to know that â¦ Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president and presidential candidate who reinvented himself as an environmentalist, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to fight global warming. No one should believe a solution will be found without effort, without cost, without change. An Inconvenient Truth Awards and Nominations. Al Gore has been the Cassandra of the climate crisis seemingly since the times of Cassandra. Even in Nobel's time, there were a few warnings of the likely consequences. He was an inspiration and hero to my own father, who followed Hull in the Congress and the U.S. Senate and in his commitment to world peace and global cooperation. As temperature extremes have increased, tens of thousands have lost their lives. Make no mistake, the next generation will ask us one of two questions. Report Video Issue Ten years ago, I presented it in Kyoto. Al Gore Former Vice President Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Last September 21, as the Northern Hemisphere tilted away from the sun, scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the North Polar ice cap is "falling off a cliff." But that unwelcome verdict also brought a precious if painful gift: an opportunity to search for fresh new ways to serve my purpose. Desperate farmers are losing their livelihoods. Report profane or abusive content. And most important of all, we need to put a price on carbon -- with a CO2 tax that is then rebated back to the people, progressively, according to the laws of each nation, in ways that shift the burden of taxation from employment to pollution.