Tuesday, June 06, 2006

an inconvenient truth.

on saturday, BoyCat and i went to go see an inconvenient truth, the movie about al gore's campaign to educate and mobilize the public about global warming.

all that i can say is, please go see it.

i know that many of you aren't planning on it. i know lots of you probably don't even live that close to a theater that is showing it. but still, still, i say make the effort. seriously. fork over the ten bucks and see this movie, because you will learn a lot. you will learn things, you will be entertained, and you will get scared for yourself and anyone else who has the dubious distinction of living on this planet in the next 50 years.

i have to be honest, i am not the most staunch environmentalist that you will ever meet. i absolutely recognize the importance of the environmentalism movement, and i try to remain conscious of it, but it's actually not one of the issues that gets me out of bed in the morning. however, it is precisely because of this somewhat lackluster perspective that i was able to take away so much from this movie. i'm telling you - you will be shocked.

if you ever plan on having children, you need to see this movie. if you have children now, you need to see this movie. if you wonder whether anything could happen in your lifetime that would result in much of lower manhattan being underwater - seriously. see this movie.

6 comments:

e$ said...

i am totally seeing that movie. But not just because you said so!! :)

educand said...
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educand said...

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I respect how you feel about this, and I do hope that a lot of people will go, and with an open mind, especially those who fall in the middle of the political spectrum. However, I am not planning to see this movie, for a simple reason. I already believe that global warming is killing the planet. I already recycle, don't drive, don't smoke, don't eat beef, go for organic food/products/natural fibers whenever humanly possible, vote Democrat/Green, and so forth. This movie would scare me without providing much in the way of additional suggestions for ways to improve the situation, and I have quite enough anxiety in my life already. But yeah.

educand said...

Or, uh, I don't eat meat at all, actually. Anyway.

Jared Goralnick said...

I'll definitely echo your thoughts on this, Kate. I saw it this weekend and it was well worth it. As someone who has opinions on different sides of the spectrum and who has followed the issue somewhat actively, it was still quite enlightening just how much data is out there and how severe the issue is. The movie's interesting, somewhat scary, and very clear in its explanation. Even with all the larger-than-life-Gore stuff, it's worthwhile for everyone to see.

karen gsteiger said...

I just saw this movie last night, and it was excellent! I'm a big worrywart/phobic type, but I found it to be more of a motivator than a source of anxiety. As Gore says, some people go straight from denial into despair, but we have all the tools we need to fix the problem. We just need the political will...

I know everyone's probably more concerned about Iraq and the economy, but this is a huge freaking problem.