Al Gore today won the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize* Lifetime Achievement Award. At the press conference afterwards, I got in the first question (natch). I asked former Vice President Gore — one of the most influential people in the history of the movement to address global warming, and thus, the history of the world — what he would say to a young person who wants to help the world address global warming, either through politics, cinema, business, or investment (all fields in which Gore has had tremendous impact).
Mr Gore — often excellent (one of the best around) at putting a positive, optimistic, and inspirational spin on the crisis we are facing — spoke about the wonderful opportunity people today have. We have the potential to influence and even transform human civilizations not just of the next few years, or decades, or even centuries, but perhaps millennia. People who are interested in helping the world address global warming — whether it be through politics, cleantech business development and entrepreneurship, cinematography, or investment — have the chance to be a part of one of the most important and transformative periods in human history.
In summary, Gore had three main points to inspire people of all ages. Here they are, as well as a wonderful closing remark and quote:
As somebody who has closely followed the Zayed Future Energy Prize for years, especially this past year, Gore’s reference to the impressive group of 2015 winners shows how high up recognition goes to companies large and small, nonprofit organizations, and even high school students who are interested in being a part of the cleantech revolution. It is indeed an inspiring crew, and I’m happy to have been able to interview each of the winners. I will be rolling out more-pointed video interviews with these leaders in the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned.
*Full Disclosure: My trip to and accommodation in Abu Dhabi for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, World Future Energy Summit, and other Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week events is being covered by Masdar. That said, I have full editorial control over the work and am even publishing it without feedback. I am only covering things that I find very interesting or important, and that I think others will find interesting or important.
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