Tuesday, June 13, 2006
An inconvenient truth
According to Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe, "Global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." Ironically, he is the chairman of the Senate Environment committee!
I doubt if Senator Inhofe really cares about the environment. But anyone who cares the tinniest bit, should see this movie.
Al Gore talks about the threat of Global Warming in the most engaging and down to earth manner possible. Backed by rigorous scientific data and research, he makes the case for immediate action. He does so with humility and humor.
Director Davis Guggenheim takes Gore's talk/presentation and weaves it intricately with the former Vice President's personal life, his personal motivation and his hard work. The movie gives the whole issue of Global warming a human touch and a moral imperative.
I found the part where Gore talks about his family farm in Tennessee particularly touching. He talks about how they were tobacco farmers even when they knew the harmful effects of cigarettes. His sister dies of smoking and lung cancer. They never cultivated tobacco again.
People are not always willing to change. It takes time, it takes convincing and perhaps it takes a catastrophy. We might have about 10 years to act before catastrophic climate breakdown begins. It is estimated that if a significant part of the Antartic ice sheet breaks and melts away, sea levels could rise upto 20 feet. People like me, whose homes are near the sea, could be left without a home and a hometown
Quote of the day
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his NOT understanding it"~Upton Sinclair (Al Gore on the unholy nexus between Bush administration and the Oil industry)
PS: Roger Ebert of the Sun Times has a great review here.