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Thursday, July 06, 2006
an actual "must see"
I'm not usually one who tells others that they have to go see a particular movie, but Al Gore's (yes, I'm actually writing this) new documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, is something that everyone and their grandma needs to go watch. I have to thank Derek for inviting me to go, because I don't think I would have watched it otherwise. If you haven't heard about it, the documentary focuses on global warming and is basically Gore presenting a lecture about the dangers. While that sounds about as riveting as molding cheese, I found it both engaging and alarming.

Perhaps it is just the way he constructs the facts, but moreover, there's new stuff that I had not heard, or had not lent enough weight to--such as, the amount of CO2 in the air is way above anything that earth has experienced in the past 600,000 years; that Greenland and Antanrctica are starting to lose GIANT chucks of ice and could raise the sea level by 20 feet, which would submerge places like Manhattan, San Francisco, New Orleans, Beijing, Shanghai, and The Netherlands. There's plenty of fascinating things packed into 2 hours, but I think ultimately, the documentary is so necessary because of its organization and committment to making the consequences clear. I've never felt such a sense of urgency as I did since watching it yesterday, and I consider myself fairly committed to living sustainably.

Also fascinating to me, because of my interest in politics and journalism, is the comparison of of surveys from scholarly journals and media outlets on the disagreement over the role of humans in causing global warming from a ten-year period in the past fifteen years: Amongst scientists PRECISELY ZERO of about a thousand articles disagreed with the consensus that humans are causing global warming; within newspapers and magazines, 53% of articles questions the validity of the claim. No wonder people are confused. Disgusting.

Go watch this film and drag everyone you know with you!

Shouper formely known as Commandante

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