Al Gore’s narrative on battling the climate crisis—as a means of protecting the rights of future generations—highlights the responsibilities of the states as duty-bearers in ensuring the protection of rights for future generations. The power of political mobilisation, as a means to protect rights, is far more effective than human rights as a mobilising agent. Gore echoes this notion as he believes the most effective strategy towards improving the climate crisis is holding the leaders—and the state—accountable to ensure that they are protecting their citizen’s rights.
In his 2008 TED Talk “New Thinking On The Climate Crisis”, Gore further emphasised the responsibility of media as modes of gaining access to information—a fundamental human right. He pointed out that in the 2008 US elections, top journalists—on average—only asked two questions about the climate crisis, compared to the more-than-thousand other questions (TED Talk March 2008, 10’59). The reality of the augmentation of climate change has been disputed for several decades. States, as duty-bearers, should be responsible in ensuring that their citizens (right holders) have access to all information. If citizens are unaware of how the state is acting, on their behalf, then the state could be acting independently of the wishes of its citizens, which in turn would be a violation of the state as a duty-bearer.