Ardern used her global TV moment to call for politics to be taken out of climate change.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a big fan in former US Vice President Al Gore – who swamped her with praise during an interview on climate change yesterday.
Ardern was taking part in Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality – an online event which gathers global activists – celebrities and political leaders to draw attention to climate change.
Welcoming Ardern via satellite link Gore said he had been watching the New Zealand election and ‘I was cheering for you even before you were elected’.
He described her as ‘a breath of fresh air – grounded and well balanced’.
It was Ardern’s campaign call that climate change was the biggest event facing her generation that won his attention – she had repeated it at a conference during the Apec summit.