Former Vice President Al Gore said that the fight against global warming was just like the great moral causes in history, like abolishing slavery or the civil rights crusade of the 1960s. He made the comments in a speech at the EcoCity World Summit in Melbourne, Australia.
"The climate movement," Gore said towards the end of his remarks, "is right now in the tradition of all the great moral causes that have improved the circumstances of humanity throughout our history. The abolition of slavery. Women’s suffrage and women’s rights."
"The civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa," he continued. "The late Nelson Mandela said it was always impossible until it was done. The movement to stop the toxic phase of the nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement."
"Some of you may disagree with that. I don’t," he said. "I did earlier in my life."
"But all of these movements have one thing in common," he explained. "They all have met with ferocious resistance and have generated occasional feelings of despair from those who knew the right direction and wondered whether we could ever get there."
Gore also obliquely mentioned President Donald Trump during his speech. Trump has been a vehement critic of the global warming narrative, and at one point said it was a conspiracy created by China to undermine the United States.
"We are changing rapidly no matter what the person in the White House says," Gore charged.
"This is a statement from Goldman Sachs," he quoted, "The prices for batteries and solar panels will continue to drop. That will drive this transition regardless of who’s in the White House."
"Can you imagine what I feel (about Trump?)," he added.
President Trump rescinded the United States' commitment to the Paris Climate Treaty in June despite objections by Democrats and liberals like former Secretary of State John Kerry who called his action shameful.
Gore is promoting a sequel to his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth about the theory of climate change and the threat it might pose to future generations.