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On April 23, Stanford in Government hosted former Vice President Al Gore.  Gore’s speech, titled “Peril and Opportunity: Solving the Climate Crisis and Reinvigorating Democracy” was the first annual Stephen H. Schneider Memorial Lecture.  In a question and answer session with the Vice President, SIG Chair Elise Timtim acknowledged the strength of Al Gore’s message on reinvigorating democracy, saying:  “We can see that our democracy is broken – the responsibility is on us.”

Gore, for his part, did not disappoint, giving a passionate speech to a sold-out Memorial Auditorium crowd.  The Vice President ended with a message of hope to the many students sitting in the crowd:  “We’ve got everything we need, except maybe political will.  But luckily, political will is a renewable resource.”

The event was co-sponsored by the Stanford Speakers’ Bureau and Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS)

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