Former vice president Al Gore launched a new voter registration campaign in partnership with the Climate Reality Action Fund on Tuesday to increase voter turnout in November, and to focus on young voters concerned about climate change, The Hill reports.
The former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner will visit college campuses across the country to discuss the climate crisis, according to the “Vote Your Future: Vote Climate” campaign’s press release.
The campaign, which will be managed by the Climate Reality Action Fund, will kick off with a voter registration rally on Wednesday at the Texas Southern University, a historically black public college in Houston. Gore tweeted that Bob Bullard, the self-described “father of environmental justice,” will join him.
I’m excited to launch a new voter registration campaign with @ClimateRealAF focused on engaging youth to vote on #climate this November. We start with a visit to @TexasSouthern tomorrow with my friend @DrBobBullard. https://t.co/omvFoSelxO
— Al Gore (@algore) February 18, 2020
The campaign will initially focus on registration in key states, including Texas, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida and Nevada. Gore plans to add more sites in the future.
“We are at a political tipping point, thanks in large part to Greta Thunberg and millions of other young people speaking truth to power,” Gore said in the press release. “With the courage and moral clarity they bring to the climate movement, and the power of grassroots organizing behind them, young people will, I’m confident, be a driving force for climate action this November.”
Founded by Gore in 2006, The Climate Reality Action Fund is affiliated with The Climate Reality Project, and trains new climate activists. Many of Gore’s upcoming voter drives will be in the same cities where he’s also running activist training this year, according to Buzzfeed.
President Trump has rolled back several Obama-era policies and regulations, including withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement as well as expanded company access to fossil fuels on public lands.