iOS app Android app

Al Gore
GET UPDATES FROM Al Gore
 
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis.

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. He was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. 

He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."

Former Vice President Gore was born on March 31, 1948, and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Entries by Al Gore

The Case for Optimism on Climate Change

(129) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 5:05 PM

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in TEDTalks 2016 where I discussed many of the challenges presented by the climate crisis. But a powerful shift has been taking place, and it is clear that we will ultimately prevail. Here's why:

There are now only three questions we have to answer about climate change and our future.

1. MUST we change?
Each day we spew 110 million tons of heat-trapping global warming pollution into the very thin shell of atmosphere surrounding the planet, using it as an open sewer for the gaseous waste of our industrial civilization as it is presently organized. The massive buildup of all that man-made global warming pollution is trapping as much extra heat energy every day as would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs exploding every 24 hours. That, in turn, is disrupting the hydrological cycle, evaporating much more water vapor from the oceans, leading to stronger storms, more extreme floods, deeper and longer droughts, among other climate-related problems. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years ever measured have been in this young century. The hottest of all was last year. So YES, we must change!

2. CAN we change? And the answer, fortunately, is now YES!
We're seeing a continuing sharp, exponential decline in the cost of renewable energy, energy efficiency, batteries and storage  --  and the spread of sustainable agriculture and forestry  --  giving nations around the world a historic opportunity to embrace a sustainable future, based on a low carbon, hyper-efficient economy. Indeed, in many parts of the world, renewable energy is already cheaper than that of fossil fuels  --  and in many developing regions of the world, renewable energy is leapfrogging fossil fuels altogether  --  the same way mobile phones leap-frogged landline phones. And these dramatic cost reductions are continuing!

3. WILL we change?
While the answer to this question is up to all of us, the fact is that we already are beginning to change dramatically!

In December, 195 nations reached a historic agreement in Paris, which exceeded the highest end of the range of expectations. And the Paris Agreement is just the most recent example of our willingness to act. Much more change is needed, of course, but one of the binding provisions of the Paris Agreement requires five-year transparent reviews of the action plans put forward by every nation, and the first will begin in less than two years, so now is the time to build the momentum for the actions needed.

Businesses and investors are already moving. And with the continuing cost-down curves for renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage, it will get easier year by year to win this historic struggle.

There are many, many more examples of powerful responses to this moral challenge. They all give me confidence that we are going to win this.

It matters a lot how quickly we win, and some still doubt that we have the will to act on climate, but please remember that the will to act is itself a renewable resource.

I hope you will take the time to watch the 20-minute video embedded above. And I hope that you will personally take action to "become the change we need to see in the...

Read Post

気候変動の危機を解決するために、世界は一つのメッセージを示した

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 3:33 AM

今日、世界各国は共同し、大胆で歴史的な合意を採択した。

Read Post

기후위기를 해결을 위한 하나의 목소리

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 1:09 PM

전세계 국가들이 과감한 역사적 합의를 이루었다. 전세계가 기후 위기를 해결하기 위해 하나의 목소리로 말하고 있다는 것이 분명해졌다. 여러 해 뒤, 우리 손주들은 기후 위기를 해결하기 위한 인류의 도덕적 용기를 이야기하며 2015년 12월 12일을 전세계 국가들이 마침내 행동하기로 결정한 날로 기억할 것이다.

이 보편적이고 야심찬 합의는 정부, 비즈니스, 투자자들에게 명확한 신호를...

Read Post

Speaking with One Voice to Solve the Climate Crisis

(120) Comments | Posted December 12, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Today, the nations of the world concluded a bold and historic agreement, clearly demonstrating that the global community is speaking with one voice to solve the climate crisis. Years from now, our grandchildren will reflect on humanity's moral courage to solve the climate crisis and they will look to December...

Read Post

Navigating Sustainability and Your Fiduciary Duty

(22) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 8:03 AM

A teacher, pressing a student to explain why he was late to class, was puzzled by his response "I simply followed the sign." When the teacher asked what the sign said, the student answered "School Ahead, Go Slow."

Misinterpreting signals to make them consistent with a pre-determined outcome is, psychologists...

Read Post

The Dark Side of the Moon and the Light Side of the Earth, Seen Together in Full Light for the First Time Ever

(27) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 9:46 PM

Over the past several weeks we have received the first of the breath-taking images taken from the DSCOVR satellite positioned a million miles from Earth, at the Lagrangian 1, or "L1 point," where the gravitational pull of the Earth and the Sun cancel each other out. As a result, the...

Read Post

A Signal of Groundbreaking Progress

(102) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 9:07 PM

This week's joint announcement by President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to reduce their nations' carbon emissions is a major step forward in the global effort to solve the climate crisis. Much more will be required -- including a global agreement from all nations -- but these actions...

Read Post

Die Zukunft: Sechs Kräfte, die unsere Welt verändern

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Wie viele interessante Reisen begann dieses Buch nicht mit Antworten, sondern mit einer Frage. Auf einer Vortragstour vor acht Jahren wollte jemand von mir wissen: "Was treibt eigentlich den globalen Wandel voran?" Ich zählte mehrere der üblichen Verdächtigen auf und beließ es zunächst dabei.

Doch am nächsten Morgen kam...

Read Post

O passo mais importante já dado no combate à mudança climática na história dos EUA

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 5:28 PM

O anúncio feito ontem (3/6) pelo governo Obama de reduzir a poluição das usinas de energia de nosso país, que provoca o aquecimento global, é o passo mais importante já dado para combater a crise climática na história de nosso país.

Simplesmente não podemos continuar usando a atmosfera como um...

Read Post

Il passo più importante mai intrapreso nella storia del nostro paese per combattere il mutamento climatico

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 7:00 AM

La decisione annunciata dall'amministrazione Obama di ridurre, sul territorio nazionale, le emissioni di gas inquinanti degli impianti energetici che contribuiscono al riscaldamento globale è il passo più importante mai intrapreso nella storia del nostro paese per combattere l'emergenza climatica.

È ovvio che non possiamo continuare a usare...

Read Post

The Most Important Step Taken to Combat Climate Change in Our Country's History

(14) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 12:25 AM

Today's announcement by the Obama administration to reduce our nation's global warming pollution from power plants is the most important step taken to combat the climate crisis in our country's history.

We simply cannot continue to use the atmosphere as an open sewer for dirty and dangerous global warming pollution...

Read Post

The Powerful, Courageous Maya Angelou

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Today marks the passing of Maya Angelou, whose passionate and timeless voice for empathy, passion and humanity touched millions. Throughout her life, Dr. Angelou eloquently presented a powerful and unique expression of what we can become and what we must leave behind.

I had the pleasure and honor of calling...

Read Post

The National Climate Assessment: No Time to Waste

(66) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 9:10 AM

The latest National Climate Assessment provides clear evidence of what many Americans are already experiencing in their daily lives: the growing impact of extreme weather events linked to global warming.

When Pensacola, Florida, gets two feet of rain in 26 hours, that is exactly the kind of extreme and destructive...

Read Post

The Costs of Carbon Pollution Are Clear

(144) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 9:57 AM

The new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- the world's preeminent group of climate scientists -- represents even more definitive evidence of the growing urgency to immediately reduce the spewing of global warming pollution. The atmosphere can no longer be used as an open...

Read Post

Statement Regarding Anwar Ibrahim

(5) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 9:18 AM

It is extremely disturbing that the government of Malaysia -- by continuing to press this case beyond the bounds of reason, let alone the bounds of justice -- has used the courts to short-circuit the political process.

The entire world understands with clarity that Anwar Ibrahim was at the verge...

Read Post

The Passing of President Nelson Mandela

(12) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 12:01 AM

Today marks the passing of one of the greatest leaders and visionaries in the history of our world, Nelson Mandela. President Mandela has already been immortalized as an enduring symbol of compassion and courage. I had the honor of working with Madiba often during my time as co-chairman of the...

Read Post

New Regulations Announced by the Environmental Protection Agency

(31) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 9:46 AM

Today's announcement by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is an important step forward for our nation and our planet. From now on, future coal- and gas-fired power plants must take responsibility for their global warming pollution by reducing or capturing their overall emissions.

This is a critical achievement for President Barack...

Read Post

Is There a Nielsen-veto of Inconvenient Truths?

(253) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 6:42 PM

Our planet's climate is rapidly changing and threatening the future of our civilization, yet mainstream media outlets and many conservatives continue to ignore the problem. Why?

Is it because they dial-group their news coverage? Have entertainment values corrupted the honored role of news in our democracy?

Do aggrieved, self-polarizing reactionaries...

Read Post

Le meilleur discours présidentiel jamais prononcé sur le changement climatique

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:34 AM

C'était un discours formidable et historique, de loin le meilleur jamais prononcé par un président.

J'applaudis les nouvelles mesures annoncées par le président Barack Obama hier après-midi dans le but d'aider à résoudre la crise climatique -- tout particulièrement la décision de limiter la pollution provenant...

Read Post

The Best Presidential Address on Climate Change Ever

(886) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:06 PM

This was a terrific and historic speech, by far the best address on climate by any president ever.

I applaud the new measures announced by President Barack Obama this afternoon to help solve the climate crisis -- particularly the decision to limit global warming pollution from existing as well as...

Read Post