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This movie is a “Must See!” Al Gore exposes the environmental consequences we’re now going through… and the little things we can do to begin to correct them.
If you have any questions about the rise in Hurricanes, Tsumamis and other natural disasters put your shoes on and go see this film. Take someone with you!
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If you are decent human being who believes in doing the right thing, then this movie will either change how you think or reinvigorate your desire to act as a steward of Planet Earth. Everyone should see this movie. It should be broadcast on network TV every year/month/week, it should be shown to every school-age child. It should be shown to every city, state, county politician and every member of congress. Every CEO of every publicly-held corporation should be required to see it (and sign-off on seeing it as part of Sarbanes-Oxley (haha)). When it comes out on DVD, I will not buy a copy just for myself but many more copies for all my extended family members.
Polar Bears are Drowning.
This is my new phrase aftering seeing this movie that for me is a nice little catch all for any environmental concern I have.
For me it was a powerful image (even if the actual image was some cheesy animation) that communicates so much.
What was the statistic about US cars not being allowed to sell in other countries because they don’t meet those countries’ emission standards?
I see this headline today:
GM’s China sales leap 47%
Besides the statistics, a lot of the facts about global warming were covered in high school geography class.
While I knew that I was sympathetic to the ideas behind the film when I went in, I was surprised by how much I liked the film. It doesn’t have a lot of new information and a lot of it consists of a presentation by Al Gore, but somehow it transcends that and becomes much more. Maybe it’s the arrangement of the facts and the mixing of the personal reasons that Al Gore feels so strongly about the issue that makes it work, but whatever it is, it is powerful and is making me rethink how I do things.
The core of the film is Gore’s presentation, but that is broken up with glimpses of Gore’s personal history which stops things from becoming bogged down with statistics and studies. I agree with what so many people are saying, it’s an important film to see, but it is more than just a rant, it’s a call to action and it contextualizes the crisis in a way that it encourages us to bring out the best in each other and face the challenge head-on with a positive attitude.
Go. See. This. Film.
Seriously. If you haven’t yet seen it, please please PLEASE make the effort to do so. Skip “Superman,” or “DaVinci Code” or whatever blockbuster you were planning to see, and see this instead. Even if you dislike Al Gore, or disagree with his politics, you owe it to yourself, your children, your world to go and see it. Yesterday, I took my seven-year-old son to see it, and as far as I’m concerned, this is probably the single most important film ever made, because it just might make the difference in whether or not the human race as we know it will survive. And if you’re shaking your head now and thinking I’m being overly dramatic, go and see the film and see if you still think that way afterward.
Because I was a skeptic. Oh sure, there is some global warming happening – that’s obvious – but I’d never seen anything to suggest it went beyond normal, cyclical fluctuations in temperature. After all, we know our planet has gone in and out of ice ages, etc. And we’ve only kept temperature data for a relatively short period of time. So how were we to know this wasn’t just a normal thing? Nothing to be upset about, in any case. Plus, isn’t the world just too BIG for our ant-like little activities to have any effect?
After seeing this film I have completely changed my mind. We might not have been keeping data for long, but the earth herself has, and Gore presents geological data that shows very clearly that the warming that is happening now is way, way, WAY beyond anything that is part of the normal cycles of our planet. WAY beyond.
Global warming is real. It’s caused by increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and we are directly causing it with our activities. And because of this, global weather patterns are changing, causing devastating storms, drought, disease, and promising even more destruction in the future. To give just one example (the one I found most terrifying) – if polar ice continues to melt at accellerated rates, our planet’s sea level will rise. And a rise of 20 feet (which would happen if half of Greenland and half of Antarctica were to melt – does it sound unlikely? Yeah, I thought so too – only it’s already started happening). If the sea level were to rise by just this much – say goodbye to most of Florida, large parts of San Francisco and Manhattan, an area of India where 60 million people now live. And that’s just to name a few of the places that would be affected. I won’t spend more time on details, because I am urging you to go out and do your own research.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that we already have the knowledge and technology to halt, even to reverse, this problem. It means changing our society’s relationship to fossil fuels (in particular), and there are some powerful and vocal forces in our society who don’t want to do this (mostly because some of them are making a lot of money from the current system). We CAN overcome this short-sighted attitude, though. It’s do-able, if we all pull ourselves out of denial and into action. So go see this film. And, if you’re like me, you might be pleasantly surprised at just how engaging and funny this man can be. Not only did this film open my eyes, but I really enjoyed watching it. As did my son.
I am proud that I took my son to see this, and that together, he and I can find ways that we can make a difference. I think that’s going to be our “project” this summer. Reducing our family’s impact on the carbon emissions which cause global warming. I challenge each and every one of you to do the same. Start by going to see this film. We really can make a difference.
Everyone’s been raving about this movie, which I found odd considering Al is kind of, well, a stuffed shirt. Indeed, the film is like one long Power Point presentation, but it marks him as a person who knows his stuff, pounding the pavement for decades on a lonely mission to convince Americans and American politicians that the time to do something is now.. Not tomorrow, not in a year, not in ten. Now.
Supposedly, people have argued with his science. Surely he can’t be absolutely sure of the timeline on his future projections, but they are clearly based on a trajectory we have been on for decades, so it’s hardly a flawed hypothesis. To be honest, although I am already slanted in Al’s direction, I can’t see how you can find fault with his science. It’s not his science, after all. Other people did the research, created the charts. Al’s just showing us the truth. He’s showing us that people who have spoken this truth have had their lives threatened. Scientists in other places and times have actually been forced to change findings to please a status quo, or to keep mum about new information. Al just doesn’t understand why the US insist on focusing on three gold bars (symbolic of present day economics) when the entire globe hangs in the balance.
What horrified me was how we have the lowest automobile (emissions and miles per gallon) standards in the world. We are even behind China in this regard, China who is about to pass us or already has in terms of numbers of vehicles used daily in their country versus ours. We do more damage to the environment than any other country, and we do the least to prevent it, even though we are some big “super power”. Super power fart is what we are.
All I can say is, hang on. Learn to swim because we may be underwater soon, and if we aren’t, we may burn ourselves up in our formerly moderate environs (like mine in the NorthEast) as they go desert-like and unliveable.
At the end of the film, suggestions are offered on how to go “carbon neutral” and how to make changes that will help. One I loved: rather than say “Buy a hybrid” it said If you can, buy a hybrid. :) I appreciated that.
Wow – this movie was excellent. I wish it had been longer because the footage was so powerful and the numbers and facts presented were so intense. I hope everyone goes and sees it, but more than that, I hope they leave the theater resolved to change things in their lives, just like I did.
It’s one thing to like this movie. It’s quite another to be touched by it enough to redefine what you think is okay about the way you live your life, what comfortable means to you, and how responsible you feel for the impact you’re making on the earth.
Please see this movie regardless of your political preferences or what you think you know. Everyone should see this movie and go to www.climatecrisis.net to further educate yourself.
Al Gore has his facts together and presents them in a fluid and visually stimulating manner. Very frightening, go see this film!
I wish I could say this was WORTHCONSUMING!!!!!!! with extra exclamation marks. Everyone should see this movie and get motivated to change.
When i saw the models 16 years ago, I was convinced. This movie, ending with the empowering, “What can you do?” list of very straightforward actions — and the assertion that if all the steps are done, we can drop the CO2 levels down dramatically — that encouraged me greatly.
If we don’t change, and the large land ice masses melt, it won’t be because it was inevitable, it will be because we chose to let it happen.
Any lingering doubts about global warming can be put to rest by seeing this film and watching the recent ads by the think tank Competitive Enterprise Group (partially funded by Exxon Mobil). The ads are so far fetched that they’ll likely have the reverse effect of bolstering sound global warming science. Just watch the videos.
The Houston Chronicle editorial staff nicely refutes the new CEG campaign.