Gore: Change Laws and Lightbulbs
Posted on Apr 21, 2008
After “An Inconvenient Truth” hit theaters, Al Gore may have won a couple of trophies for his work in fighting climate change, but the former vice president doesn’t believe enough has changed where it counts—in national and international laws. According to Gore, we might be five years away from losing the whole North Polar ice cap and the U.S. needs to lead the way in making crucial legislative changes.
And he warns that while individual efforts such as changing to low-energy lightbulbs are important, it is more significant for world leaders to change laws to stop pollution pouring into the atmosphere and affecting the climate.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Mr Gore - hailed as the world’s leading green campaigner - said recent polls had found that while people rate climate change as a “serious problem”, some ranked it lower than clearing up dog mess.
“When politicians walk down the pavement, four or five of every ten people they meet ask, ‘What are you doing to solve the climate crisis?’ he said. “If you ask people their opinion, more than two thirds will say, ‘It’s a very serious issue, we’re responsible for it. We need to take action’.
[...] “But then if you give them a list of 25 or 30 issues and ask them to rank them in order of seriousness, climate change comes at the bottom or near the bottom.