I’ve just been to a screening of An
Inconvenient Truth, the new film about climate change featuring Al Gore.
Gore, it turns out, has spent the past few years perfecting a new stump speech,
this one solely dedicated to the issue that he still calls "global warming".
This movie is essentially the film of the speech. It’s a powerful speech, so
it makes a powerful movie.
Gore doesn’t go into all the complexities of global climate change –
that would be impossible. Rather, he hammers home a simple point: global warming,
caused by unprecedentedly high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, could
well end up devastating the world as we know it – and sooner rather than
later. He spends quite a lot of time emphasizing the importance of the poles,
which of course are a region that the Salmon siblings
care a lot about, and he might well be able to help educate the world on the
importance of the upcoming International Polar
The movie is aimed at Americans, the biggest polluters on the planet, and all
Americans should see it – although I’m sure very few will.
I do, however, have two small issues with the film. Firstly, it spends too
much time talking about how Al Gore has been pushing this issue for decades
while being obstructed by other politicians in Washington. The movie was funded
by Hollywood liberals, and all the politicians it bashes are Republicans: Reagan,
Bush Sr, Bush Jr, James Inhofe. It will be far too easy for Republicans to dismiss
this film as liberal propaganda.
Secondly, the film’s official
website is woefully inadequate. I was expecting not only the whole
Keynote presentation, but also links to all the science backing it up, and a
lot of links to related research as well. In fact, there are only nine pages,
including the home page, the presentation isn’t there at all, and there’s no
science nor any links to science. Anybody who doesn’t take Gore fully at face
value, who wants to check up on what he’s saying, will get no help from this
As an introduction to the importance of the issue, however, this film is wonderful:
tell anybody who wants to know about climate change to go see it. They’ll probably