Climate change is the most dangerous crisis we've ever faced says former vice president
Former American vice president Al Gore has called on industry to accelerate the introduction of new design initiatives to improve the built environment and also warned that a price had to be put on carbon-based pollution.
Addressing delegates at the Think07 conference via a live video link from New Orleans, he said that climate change was “the most dangerous crisis we've ever faced in our civilisation.”
The author of Oscar award-winning documentary An inconvenient Truth told delegates: “You are taking a big step by coming together over three days and taking about how you can solve this crisis.”
“It is up to us to accelerate the introduction of new ideas, new principles and new design ideas and make them viable," he said.
Gore praised the UK's leadership in the fight against climate change, and compared it to the stance the country took in the second world war.
"People in the United Kingdom stood in the breach [during World War II] and said we will stand in the face of terror. We must have the courage to stand in the breach today," he said.