January 3, 2007 11:35 pm

An Inconvenient Truth

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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.”

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3 Comments

  • Yajaira says:

    I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for months now. I watched bits and pieces of it on Oprah and let me tell you, I was terrified. I fear for my kids and grandkids and so on, y’know?

    You’re welcome for the tip off about the book! (I’m a little late on that, heh.) I can’t WAIT till she finishes it!

    Hope you had a great trip! Packing and getting ready for trips always drives me nuts :(.

  • Elea says:

    *feeling guilty for not having seen it yet*

    This, along with “Thank You for Smoking” has been on my “Movies to Watch in Spare Time” list for some time now.

  • Meggan says:

    AAAH! Thank You For Smoking has been on our list for SO LONG and we have just never gotten around to renting it. Should make a note to do that this weekend or something.