Gore tells ‘climate warriors’: We only got years to make change

Inquirer.net March 15,2016 - 10:38 AM
Former US Vice President Al Gore gives his climate change presentation during yesterday’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training at the Sofitel Manila. (INQUIRER.NET)

Former US Vice President Al Gore gives his climate change presentation during yesterday’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training at the Sofitel Manila. (INQUIRER.NET)

FORMER United States vice president Al Gore on Monday rallied hundreds of “climate leaders” to take on the “extraordinary challenge” of convincing people from different parts of the world to address climate change.

“We’re in an unusual situation in our world. We have to make a very large change. And we have to do it in a ridiculously short period of time,” Gore said during the first day of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training held in Sofitel, Manila. “I say ridiculously because we’re used to making changes these large over centuries.”
“We don’t have centuries. We have years. And each day matters,” he told more than 600 participants, some of whom flew into the country to attend the three-day workshop.
The founder and chairman of the Climate Reality Project said the task of the group “is daunting to say the least.”
“It’s an extraordinary challenge. But we are winning. We are succeeding. The real question is how much longer will it take to complete this transition,” he explained.
Gore emphasized that the change should start from the grassroots.
“Our political system not only in the US and the Philippines and the various nations represented here but the political system worldwide is seemingly locked in a pattern that is difficult to change,” he said. “But it is beginning to change. It is beginning to give way.”
“But what makes it happen, what makes that change occur is your passion, coupled with the knowledge that you are gaining from one another, from the presenters here and from this experience that is beginning this morning,” he said.
The 31st Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training is the first to be held after the historic climate change pact was signed in Paris last December./INQUIRER.NET

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