MIAMI BEACH — One of the last times former Vice President Al Gore was in the area, he was in knee-high boots, wading in dirty sea water covering several streets of Miami Beach and joking that Gov. Rick Scott won’t even meet with scientists to discuss the rising oceans.
The footage of Gore’s visit ended up in his second climate change documentary, 2017’s An Inconvenient Sequel, and made it clear to potential South Florida tourists throughout the world that they could end up with a view of the ocean closer than expected.
Gore is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Earth Day celebratory Green Gala Awards April 21 at Magic City Studios on NE 4th Avenue in Miami.
The 7 p.m. fundraiser, including dinner and auction and a concert by the Mexican rockers of Mana, is to benefit Sachamama, a local non-profit started in 2014 to promote among Latin populations in the United State.
“More than half of U.S. Latinos live in communities affected by climate change,” the non-profit’s literature says in explaining why it invited Gore. “Record-shattering hurricanes have ravaged Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas — destroying roads, homes, and livelihoods.”