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Al Gore to follow in Obama’s footsteps as keynote speaker of climate change conference

Published:  18 October, 2018

Al Gore, former US Vice-President and nobel laureate, has been named as the keynote speaker of Climate Change Leadership Porto Summit 2019.

Gore, who follows in the footsteps of ex-US President Barack Obama who was keynote speaker of the first Summit held in July this year, will be addressing the wine industry regarding the challenges the wine world is facing due to climate change at the international event taking place 5-7th March 2019.

Designed to enable all sectors of the wine industry to “work in concert” in developing a safe and sustainable future by better understanding their role in climate change, and to reduce the collective impact, the Climate Change Leadership - Solutions for the Wine Industry Porto 2019 has been designed to provide short and long-term practical solutions through creating a platform to help the wine industry mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.

“The objective of the conference is to discuss concrete ideas, share real experiences and provide effective solutions, which have been shown to work, on whatever scale,” said Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor’s Port - the main organizer of the event.

It would focus on real examples of what companies were doing to mitigate climate change,” added Bridge.

“There is no time, and no need, to reinvent things. If we share our successes and experiences, we will all benefit.”

Confirmed speakers for the second event include, Miguel Torres, Cristina Mariani May, Professor Roger Boulton of UC-Davis, António Amorim, climatologist Dr Greg Jones, Switzerland’s Dr José Vouillamoz, Cindy de Vries from Fetzer Vineyards, Alvaro Gonzalez from Concha y Toro, Heinrich Schloms from South Africa, Spain’s Jaume Gramona, France’s Joël Rochard, Britain’s Jamie Goode and Linda Johnson-Bell.

The 2019 Summit will also feature an extensive trade show area where sponsors and exhibitors will display their products, services, and initiatives mitigating and adapting to climate change to the approximately 700 delegates coming to Oporto from over 50 countries.