“No one person can stop this movement. It’s beyond one nation, any government. Now it’s happening all over the world.”
With those words on the future of the climate change movement, Al Gore was flooded with applause, screams and and whistles of approval at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. Gore spoke on stage at the Eccles Theater after the screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow up to his award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. The film was a symbolic choice to open the 2017 edition of the film festival.
Before the beginning of the film, Robert Redford called Gore a dear friend and said, “There was a moment when politics and the Supreme Court was not very kind to Al.” But if the presence of Gore, a few hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump, was bound to bring with it an aura of a presidency in exile, the tone of the film, and its protagonist, were quite pragmatic and calibrated for the future.
The inclusion of a shot in which Gore climbs into an elevator of the Trump Tower made it clear that, up to the very last moment, the filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, and the film’s producers (the founder of Participant Media and “filmanthropist” Jeffrey Skoll), took into account the course of events. Asked about the meeting, Gore said it wasn’t his first with Trump and won’t be the last, even though Trump has repeatedly called climate change a hoax and has already promised to revoke the Paris Agreement.