Climate change activists hopeful for change after Al Gore and Trump meeting
By Charleston Lim
While environmental activist are still trying to grasp at the fact that the newly elected president still does not fully believe in global warming and climate change, they now have a glimmer of hope that President-elect Donald J. Trump may change his stance on the matter. The notion was brought to life by the recent meeting between Trump and the climate change activist and former vice president, Al Gore.
Trump previously proclaimed his doubts on the authenticity of a human-caused global climate change, even stating that it was likely a hoax made up by the Chinese. Activist were of course shocked by Trump's statement and of his transition officials, who still also have doubts about the actual science behind climate change. President Obama enacted several climate change policies over the course of his presidential run and several of Trump's transitional officials are working aggressively to undo them.
The host of the Academy Award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," visited the Trump Tower earlier this week. After the meeting, the former vice president revealed to reporters who were waiting for him at the lobby that his talk with the president-elect was very productive and that they had both been sincere in trying to find a common ground. The world renowned environmentalist also went on to mention that he found their conversation to be extremely interesting and that they are planning to continue their discussions at another time.
Gore also met with Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, separately during the same day to discuss several matters regarding her father's presidency. Reports have revealed that Gore may be planning to have the country's first daughter as a representative to speak out about climate change. Ivanka also reportedly met with actor and environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio, who apparently gave her a copy of his latest documentary, "Before the Flood." While it is still unclear what their discussion was all about, a portion of it was likely about the documentary itself and about the need to take climate change seriously.