you have any doubts about whether or not there is such a thing as "global
warming", I urge you to see An Inconvenient Truth, the
new documentary by director Davis Guggenheim. You may not agree with
the politics of
Al Gore, but it's hard to look at the facts he presents in full, photographic
detail and come away thinking that nothing is wrong with the Earth.
Starring: Al Gore
film is, at its core, basically a filmed multimedia lecture given by
former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, interspersed with details of how
Gore was motivated to make this plea to everyone who will simply listen.
Gore proves himself to be an engaging speaker with a laid back sense
his detractors, the current U.S. presidential administration, and humanity
in general. His message, however, is deadly serious.
his presentation, Gore shows the hard facts of global warming as confirmed
by "928 scientific peer journals." For those in the audience
who might say numbers and statistics can be used to prove anything, he
clear photographic evidence that glaciers are melting. Not one or two
blurry pictures, but pictures taken from space and from the affected
sites themselves. Global warming is not, as one Senator has announced,
"the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people". It's
real and it's happening right now and it's going to affect more than
just Americans. Gore points out how, if one part of the ice shelf in
to melt, it would cause the sea level to rise 20 feet and displace over
100,000,000 people from their homes worldwide.
you think this film would be boring, you'd be wrong. It's full of factual
information and is definitely educational, but it's never boring. Gore
shows us how a Category 5 hurricane like Katrina, which devastated so
much of the American South, was made possible by the increased water
temperature in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the film, 10 of the hottest
years on record occurred in the last 14 years. If you're of the opinion
that the warming of the Earth is of a cyclical nature, Gore shows us
the last natural warming phase occurred quite awhile ago and it paled
in comparison to what is occurring right now. This is not a case of someone
latching on to one opinion and twisting the facts to make a point. The
film -- and Gore's lecture -- repeatedly gives us the bad news from multiple
sources, whether it be from weather balloons launched from the middle
of the Pacific Ocean or ice cores retrieved from the North Pole, the
damage is real and the evidence is irrefutable.
the film has a flaw it's that it cuts away from the lecture to enlighten
us about Gore's personal journey toward environmental enlightenment.
I would have preferred this information had been at the beginning of
the film so that the lecture could flow uninterrupted. The material presented
so eye-opening and shocking that the interludes featuring Gore's personal
stories seemed intrusive. Putting them at the beginning, or eliminating
them entirely, would have made the lecture's message even harder to ignore.
this film down and see it -- with friends if you can -- and listen to
its message with an open mind. Ignore the political ignoramuses who will
tell you this is a liberal film that's got an agenda. It does have
an agenda. It's about saving the planet for future generations while
very little if we
heed the warnings now.
movie's website, www.climatecrisis.net, includes various ways to help
stem the global warming phenomenon. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)