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Climate change fight will help global economy, Al Gore tells Toronto conference

WATCH: Some of the leading voices on climate change assembled in Toronto, including former Vice President Al Gore, to make the case that you can have economic growth while protecting our planet. But as Mike Drolet reports, Ottawa’s absence is being noticed.

TORONTO – Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore says fighting climate change will be a boon to the global economy, despite critics’ fears.

In an optimistic speech in Toronto at the Climate Summit of the Americas, Gore says businesses will lead the world out of the climate crisis.

The two-day conference hopes to effect change against globally rising temperatures.

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon is scheduled to speak this afternoon.

On Wednesday, leaders of Ontario, Quebec and California urged their respective federal governments to join them in their fight against climate change.

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The leaders emphasized the role subnationals, such as provinces and states, can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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