Al Gore Talks Green Life, Business, Vegan Diet
In a new interview with The New York Times Al Gore talked green business, his green life, and vegan diet.
After the huge success of ‘The Inconvenient Truth’ in which the former presidential candidate showed the world one of the most interesting Power Point presentations and brought the subject of climate change to the forefront of people’s minds, Gore went away from the public eye but he kept busy in his green endeavors.
He won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work, he invested in green companies that have earned him a lot of money and then invested most of that money he made back into his advocacy group, the Climate Reality Project.
“I never imagined when I was younger that this would become the principal focus of my life,” he told the newspaper. “But once you pick up this challenge, you can’t put it down. I can’t. Don’t want to.”
Gore also has been spreading the message of climate change to the world. In a series of workshops, he hosts a locally centered presentation very similar to the one he did on ‘The Inconvenient Truth’. So far he’s visited places like Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, and India where groups of over 600 people gathered to hear him speak for eight hours at a time, learn the material and then become climate change prophets of their own, spreading the word in their own language and their own countries.
“The work of the trainees is not the sort of thing you see on the front page of the newspaper, but they are reaching networks of colleagues and friends in a most powerful way,” said Don Henry, a professor at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and former head of the Australian Conservation Foundation. “Those people are out there changing the world.”
Meanwhile on his personal life, Gore does “walk the walk, and don’t just talk the talk,” as he put it. He went vegan two years ago and lost weight because of it even if that meant being restricted by Nashville’s 10 vegan restaurants. His home in Nashville buys electricity that’s generated via wind and solar sources, has 32 solar panels and insulating windows and LED light bulbs. Under the driveway, there are also 10 geothermal wells.
All of that, for mother Earth, the one who will continue to show people more about climate change than he could in a slide show, according to him, but if taken care of, will be appeased.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said. “We’re going to win this. The only question is how long it takes.”
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