Al Gore Statement on Recent Demonstrations for Racial Justice

We are way overdue in America for a reckoning that addresses the long-standing injustices borne by black, brown, and indigenous people. Entrenched, systemic racism in our country has led to disproportionate impacts of pollution on communities of color, along with disparities in income, education, healthcare, and more. Today, African Americans are suffering from COVID-19 more than any other race, in part because their much higher exposure to air pollution increases the mortality rate from the virus. We have a moral obligation to demand equality for all, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or economic status. The need for climate action is bound together with the struggle for racial equality and liberation. I stand with the peaceful demonstrations across America calling for equal justice now.