Al Gore

The Verge

In 2006 former Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore moved back into the public’s consciousness with his climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth. The film heightened awareness and galvanized community action on the issue of climate change. It was nominated for an Academy Award and, following it, Gore was awarded a Noble Peace Prize for his environmental activism.

In the years since the documentary, Gore’s time in the spotlight has decreased but he has remained quietly active in the fight against climate change. That is good news because as his film predicted, glaciers are melting, ocean levels are rising, and weather and temperatures are changing. The way of life on the planet as we know it is in jeopardy. In response, Gore’s ongoing advocacy has taken expected and unexpected forms. We’ve got the details about what he’s been doing.

Advancing A Private Equity Fund For The Environment

Gore recently announced that a private equity investment company he co-founded in 2004, Generation Investment Management, has raised a billion dollars for a new fund which is focused on heaping the health of the planet or individuals or driving financial inclusion. The larger company is focused on garnering financial backing for sustainable companies and this is the third fund the company has started since its inception.

According to Gore, making these types of investments are important because the world is “at the early stages of a technology-led sustainability revolution which has the scale of the industrial revolution and the pace of the digital revolution.” Others agree. These types of funds are some of the hottest ways currently available to help fight climate change.

Founding A Nonprofit To Fight Climate Change

In addition to fighting for sustainability through financial means, Gore has founded a nonprofit that is dedicated to building awareness and action to stem the tide of climate change. Called the Climate Reality Project, the organization is based in Washington D.C. and has more than 25 chapters located throughout the United States. Members include scientists, activists, cultural leaders, organizers, and storytellers who all are working together to bring about multi-level policy change. Partners across the non-profit’s various initiatives include Greenpeace, ICELI, The WWF, National Geographic, and SKY News.

Launching A Deep Space Climate Observatory

Discover (Short for deep space climate observatory) was originally proposed by Gore in 1998 while he was still Vice President. The program’s satellite was launched in 2015 on a SpaceX Falcon Rocket and since that time has been providing information from beyond Earth’s atmosphere that helps researchers know more about the health of the planet. The satellite’s work is done in partnership with both NOAA and NASA. One of the first experiments the observatory took part in was a measurement of the “energy budget” for Earth. More experiments are planned for the future.

Public Speaking And Events

No surprise, Gore is continuing to speak to the largest public audiences possible about the fight against climate change. During the 2019 commencement season alone, he gave several addresses including at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and at the University of Nevada in LasVegas. A combination of information and optimism charm his audiences as he advocates.

Gore also supports a number of sustainability-focused events that galvanize individuals and groups to learn more about environmental issues and fight harder against climate change. These include the Climate Reality Leadership Core Training, one of the highest-profile events for his nonprofit, and an environmental justice tour in the Southern United States. These kinds of events and speaking engagements, along with his other efforts, certainly keep Gore busy. However, given Gore’s passion for the environment, it is not likely he’ll slow down anytime soon. An Inconvenient Truth was clearly just the start of his lifelong advocacy for the health of the planet.