KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Folk Alliance conference continued on Saturday night, and making a special appearance at the music festival, was former Vice President Al Gore.
Gore was talking about global warming, and asking the musicians there for help. For the last ten years, Gore has traveled across the country to talk about global warming. On Saturday he targeted people here in Kansas City, specifically folk musicians who were in town for a music festival.
The Westin Crown Center set the stage for the Annual Folk Alliance Conference. Bands and musicians from around the world came to show off their talents. But it's what happened in the Century C Ballroom which caught people’s attention.
“I`m actually a willful optimist and I believe that the future is what we make it, and we still have the opportunity to make the right choices,” said former Vice President Gore, who was at the conference asking musicians for help.
Gore believes global warming is to blame for natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and the drought in Syria. He also believes we there are steps everyone can take to prevent global warming from happening.
“It`s not just the burning of coal and oil and gas. That`s the main part of it. But it`s also factory farming and industrial agriculture,” he said.
Gore encourages change, starting with conversations about global warming. For the musicians, he encourages them to sing about it.
Allie Farris, a fold musician in the crowd, called Gore's presentation inspiring. She believes it will make a difference.
“Seeing all the information compiled in one big presentation just kind of rocked me in a pretty intense way,” said Farris. “The fear that it instills, but also the hope at the end, the positive is what he ends on. That`s the most important thing to get people moving.”
Gore hopes people will start moving toward making a change.
“We’re going to win this. We are going to prevail. There is hope. But we have got to speed it up,” he said.
Al Gore also talked about the Vatican, and how it's set out to be the first CO2 neutral nation. Gore says it has two advantages; it's very small and god is on their side.