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No, Al Gore isn’t part of Mérida’s climate change forum

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Al Gore speaks at a tech conference in New Orleans on May 1. Photo: Getty

Mérida, Yucatán – A forum on climate change will not include former U.S. vice president Al Gore.

Gore’s organization shot down the rumor that had spread on social media and in some news sites on Thursday.

Organized by the Partido Encuentro Social (PES), the forum runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Foro Cine Colón, Calle 72 #361A, between Avenida Colón and Calle Reforma, Col. García Ginerés.

Although the forum is billed as apolitical and nonpartisan, the PES is one of the three parties in presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s “Together We Will Make History” coalition.

Gore’s Climate Reality Project is nonpartisan and avoids party-affiliated events.

“We want to establish … that the Climate Reality Project has no partisan affiliation, since our sole purpose is to provide society with the knowledge and tools necessary to build public awareness of the challenges posed by global climate change and create leaders to face it,” a spokesman told the media.

It is not clear how or why Gore was falsely added to the day’s agenda, but his connection to the issue is clear.

After Gore left the White House, he became a climate change crusader, authoring “Earth in the Balance,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Assault on Reason,” and other environmental books in addition to his advocacy work. He now serves as chairman of Generation Investment Management and The Climate Reality Project.

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