Recently, Daniel and I rented the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” (the one by Al Gore that’s about global warming) and I have to say that I think everyone should see this movie. I do not understand why we make global warming as small an issue as it is. Because it is not a small issue. At all.
One of the most frustrating things about this movie is that the United States is so much more crap at everything than the entire rest of the world. We are one of only two countries in the entire world – THE ENTIRE WORLD – that has not yet ratified the Kyoto Protocol. The other is Australia. The US is the single largest emitter of Carbon Dioxide and yet we are not ratifying this agreement. To add insult to injury, China is doing better on the emissions scale than we are, and they have roughly five times the number of people.
I’m recommending An Inconvenient Truth not only because I agree with Al Gore’s sentiments, but because it manages to still give you hope. You know how some movies like this are all doom-and-gloom, the sky is falling, you are wrecking the world and there’s no hope for you? This is different. Sure, things aren’t great and we should definitely turn our habits around, but this movie encourages you and makes you feel like you can do it. It’s possible. It’s not hopeless, we just have to start.
And as Roger Ebert said, “In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to.”