During his speech on the final day of the Climate Summit of the Americas, former US Vice President Al Gore said that the global fight against climate change will be a boon to global economy as it will create lots of jobs.
Speaking at the event and drawing the attention of delegates towards severe weather, natural disasters, climate change and renewable energy, and giving an optimistic twist to the whole thing Gore said that countries are already doing their part and global economy is converting to one with an environmental focus.
The economy is already converting to one with an environmental focus and costs for alternative energy sources such as solar and wind energy will continue to drop, he said.
With cost of alternative and renewable energy coming down at a rapid pace, Gore said, cheap energy will allow businesses around the world to finance their operations.
Drawing attention of delegates to mother Nature’s signals towards impacts of climate change, Gore said: “You can go around the world and see that Mother Nature is sending us very clear messages.” Giving an example of California, he said that 99 per cent of the state is in a drought, while the Caribbean is also facing a similar condition.
Incidents of widespread wildfires across western Canada and the United States shows society that there is something wrong, Gore added.
“It is striking isn’t it that every night on the television news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation?”
Though things are turning for the worse, there is still optimism in the fight against climate change as Gore says. The move to environmentally-focused economy will require a lot of work. One example where major work will be required is infrastructure wherein old buildings would need to be retrofitted by installing solar panels and energy-saving windows.
All that work “provides jobs, lots of jobs,” he said, while adding that these are the jobs that can’t be performed by robots — “at least not yet”.
After Gore’s talk, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and 21 other subnational states signed a climate action statement that commits to supporting carbon pricing, meet greenhouse gas reduction agreements and ensure public reporting.