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Q&A with Al Gore: Grassroots push key to solving climate crisis

Former US vice president warns about growing risk of fossil fuel investments

Gore says Japan, China and South Korea are the only countries in the world that are using taxpayer money to "subsidize serious [climate] damage to the future of civilization." (Photo by Kazutoshi Murata)

TOKYO -- With governments reluctant to take on powerful business interests over climate change, it is up to grassroots activists to lead the fight, says former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who visited Japan in October to attend Climate Reality Leadership Corps training sessions. Gore founded the organization that runs the training programs, which spread awareness of the climate crisis in an attempt to find solutions.

Here is an edited transcript of the interview:

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