"We are behaving unethically, immorally and self-destructively," said Gore during the interview.
Gore used an example of wildfires to illustrate the current climate emergency.
"We're using this very narrow space, this thin shell that surrounds our planet, as an open sewer for dumping all of this heat trapping pollution. And it stays there a long time," said Gore.
Wildfires ignited by more than 13,000 lightning strikes all across northern and central California since Aug. 15 have killed at least seven people and destroyed over 1,200 homes and other structures.
On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom told reporters, "We are in a different climate and we are dealing with different climate conditions that are precipitating fires the likes of which we have not seen in modern recorded history."