Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is comparing his struggle to reverse global climate change to the fight against the Nazis during World War II.
Despite likening his crusade to that of a war that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, the one-time presidential candidate called on the global community to approach the global warming crisis with 'a sense of joy', according to the Daily Mail of London.
Speaking at the World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford, Gore reminded delegates of Sir Winston Churchill rallying troops to save civilization during the struggle against Adolph Hitler’s Germany.
“Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilization in World War Two,” Gore said.
'We have everything we need except political will but political will is a renewable resource.'
Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for the climate change film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” said the greatest challenge would be to convince people that the threat from climate change was as urgent as the threat from Nazi Germany.
“It can happen. It will happen. We have everything we need except political will, and political will is a renewable resource,” Gore said, according to the Mail. “We can berate politicians for not doing enough, and compromising too much, and not being bold and addressing this existential threat to civilization.
“But the reason they don't is that the level of concern among populations has still not risen to cross the threshold to make the political leaders feel they must address it.'
Gore said all countries needed to take action, adding: “We have to have a global agreement, and the way which we can get one is if politicians in each country act, and the only way that can happen in turn is if awareness rises to the level to make them feel that it is a necessity.”
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