Al Gore Urges Iowans to Take On the Climate Crisis

May 7, 2015

Former Vice President Al Gore is in Cedar Rapids this week as part of his Climate Reality Project, a tour meant to teach people how to “take on the climate crisis." Participants in the three day session are encouraged to give press interviews, communicate with government officials, and organize others in the effort against pollution.

Gore says he believes this year is a turning point in government action on climate change, and he believes the environment will be a key issue in the 2016 presidential election.

“When enough people feel strongly enough about it to speak up openly, then you’ll get pressure coming from the other direction that counteracts and ultimately overwhelms the pressure from the polluters.”

In this River to River interview, host Ben Kieffer talks with Gore about his project, the current political divide on climate change, and what he thinks are the most pressing environmental issues at the moment.