Al Gore, former Vice-President of the United States, has resorted to the example of Winston Churchill in his latest word of warning about global warming. Al Gore, environmental campaigner and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, also won an Oscar for his film titled An Inconvenient Truth – a film that helped bring the grave question of global climate change to a worldwide audience.
He compared the combat against climate change to the battle waged against Hitler in World War II and urged that similar efforts to those of the 1940s are needed to build support to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. According to Al Gore, Winston Churchill “aroused Britain in a heroic fashion to save civilization in World War II.” We have everything we need except political will, “but political will is a renewable resource,” Al Gore said in a speech at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford, sponsored by The Times newspaper.
However, he admitted that it would be hard to convince people that the threat of climate change was as urgent as that from the Nazis. Al Gore lamented that that the level of awareness and concern among populations has not crossed the threshold where political leaders feel that they must change. The politicians, he stressed, will act only if awareness goes up to a level to make them feel that it is a necessity.