Lisbon, Nov 9 (EFE). - The Web Summit of Lisbon closed today after three days of debates on the future of technology with the inspiring talks of Al Gore and Caitlyn Jenner, who got raise the public standing with their calls to fight against climate change and respect diversity.
The technology meeting, which this year has brought together 60,000 people in the capital Portuguese, has reached the climax with one of the most important topics of this edition, the protection of the environment, which has been unpublished with its own space in the pavilions.
The desire that the technology of the future be clean has flown over the vast majority of talks, but it has been the exhibition of former Vice President of the United States Al Gore that has unleashed the madness.
With full capacity and even the corridors of the auditorium occupied, Gore "recruited" the nearly 20,000 attendees in the last of the presentations of the event.
"I have come today to speak to recruit you in the fight against climate change," the now-activist urged, who began his speech by throwing three questions on the air: "Can we stop climate change? "," Can we change? "and" Will we change? ".
To the first two he himself answered with a blunt" yes, of course ", before recognizing that for third had no "answer".
"I want to think that the answer is 'yes', but the real answer is yours," he said addressing the audience, which he said are the generation that is creating "sustainable and efficient tools to stop emissions" that harm the environment.
Gore, who warned the attendees by making it clear that he was going to talk about It is not about politics, he said, even though the United States wants to get out of the global pact against climate change, the Paris Agreement, people "are still in agreement".
"La The first thing that the next president of the United States will do is return to the Paris Agreement, "he stressed and asked the rest of the world to" separate the United States from Donald Trump, "and promised that the American population will "play its part" in this fight, "in spite of Trump."
The appeal of the former vice-president of the United States joined another emotional talk, that of the activist of the United States. rights of transsexuals Caitlyn Jenner, who advocated greater empathy and closeness to this group, which he defined as the "most misunderstood" of the LGBT collective.
"People do not He understands our situation, "said Jenner, who recounted her personal experience until she changed gender two years ago and clarified that, despite not being a" spokesperson for the trans community, "she can make visible the challenges facing the collective thanks to its enormous popularity.
Gore and Jenner put the emotionality to the Web Summit, which is already at the limit of its capacity at the Lisbon International Fair and the adjacent stadium of the Altice Arena.
The congress will be held at least one more year in the Portuguese capital, although it could, for questions of space, to be dispersed in other venues of the city, according to Paddy Cosgrave, the head of the Web Summit, admitted today at a press conference.
"It is a possibility that we should take into account more seriously for coming years, "said Cosgrave.
He also praised the support of the Portuguese authorities, who maintain with the Web Summit what he defined as" an good marriage. "
So good, that the institutional presence was repeated at the close, by the president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who declared himself" very worried " with politicians who "deny climate change".
He also congratulated the attendees because, he told them, they are making "a scientific and technological revolution" that makes them "transformers" to change "the world, society and way of life".
"I hope that our meeting point, not only next year but in 2019 and 2020, is Lisbon", concluded applause, assuring that Portugal "deserves" that the Web Summit remains in the city beyond 2018, when the organization will decide whether to continue on Portuguese territory.