Wednesday, June 28, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

This morning, I packed my lunch for work and my dinner because I was meeting a friend at the movies to see An Inconvenient Truth. That means no food pics, but I did want to post about this film.

If you haven't heard about it, I'll explain it quickly. After losing the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore changed his focus and went on the road doing an amazing presentation on global warming. Early in his college life he had a professor that was studying CO2 levels. This professor saw trends and made predictions. This really struck a chord with Al. Most of his career was spent trying to convince the government of this problem. Since the government has not been doing enough and in some cases denying the issue even exists, Gore is educating people all over the world. The presentation is very engaging and the graphs, charts and evidence he has to show is undeniable. A few things really struck me about the movie.

1. Although there are no scientists that disagree that there is a global warming problem, more than 50% of articles in the media cast doubt or imply this is part of a cycle. (It is not, we are at temperatures and C02 levels significantly higher than any other time in history.)

2. Certain companies have memos suggesting that they need to cast doubt on the issue, just as cigarette companies did about cancer.

3. As dire as the problem appears, we have the means to reverse it. If changes were made to energy efficient appliances, more efficient vehicles, alternative fuel sources, etc...these changes could take us back to where we were in the 1970's as far as CO2 and temperature. We just need to make the government take notice.

4. If no changes are made, then all kinds of climate and weather changes are in store for us. Many of the current cities are built in places based on favorable weather or rainfall. As temperatures rise, the weather patterns will change. We'll also see more violent storms because of warmer water temperatures.

I could type so much more, but I don't want to sound repetitive. I'm sure you all read the news in papers and online. All I can say is go see this movie and encourage your friends to go. It will clarify the facts and myths about global warming. Check out the site link at the beginning of this post to read about what you can do to help lower your carbon footprint. Join and write your senators letting them know that complacency is not ok.


KleoPatra said...

i keep planning on seeing this movie. Thank you for the reminder. It's way too important to miss...

Dori said...

Thanks for telling about this movie. I want to see it now. I followed your link from your veggin out profile.

Great blog, looks like I'm going to be here reading a while. :) mmmmm... mushrooms!

funwithyourfood said...

i want to see this movie too. And Co2 isn't the only gas that causes global warming. There are others theories about the amount of METHANE we produce as well. With both of those chemicals being increased, the furture is looking WARM


Jody from VegChic said...

kleo, dori, teddy---go see it and bring your friends. It is an amazingly important film...I wish we could get everyone to go out and watch it.

dori---thanks for stopping by. I started checking out your blog. It will take me a few days to catch up on it.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you saw this movie! This is may area of work...we had Gore do this speach at one of our conferences last year and of course he was a big hit. A few of us from worked skipped out once afternoon and saw his movie....we figured it was professional development and therefore we should see it on company time! ha ha!