Movie Title: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
Directors: Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
Release Date: August 2017
It was in 2006 when the release of the American documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, woke the masses to a desperate call for help to save our home, planet Earth. This was not the first time former US Vice President Al Gore tried to alert the world and demand action against the catastrophic impacts of global warming. Fast-forward to 2017 and the release of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. In this sequel, we now see how much closer we are to an energy revolution, yet there is still more work to do.
In the opening scene of this film, you get a glimpse of the negative reaction to the first movie with sound bites from various people, including a video clip during a US Senate hearing to demand climate action. In this clip, Al Gore presents his case with science-based research and evidence to the elected officials, who then respond by denouncing global warming and rejecting support for climate action. I think this opening scene is so important because it signifies one of the biggest issues climate change advocates are up against… people not believing global warming is a true threat to our survival on this planet.
As the story moves along, we see Al Gore using graphs once again to show the extreme weather patterns between years 2005 – 2015. In this period, we experience more hot days than cold days but… the hottest days recorded yet, arrive in 2016. It is obvious, in this sequel, that Al Gore has aged and his slow style approach make it hard to stay engaged at times, but his message never the less is still critical. He continues to provide examples in the film; like the melting glaciers in Greenland, flooding in the Philippines and streets of Florida in the US, and the melting streets in India. Tragic events like this are real, and extreme weather patterns are rapidly changing earth’s structure and contribute to rising sea levels throughout the world.
Even though the information science provides about planetary impacts of global warming are scary, I felt it was vital how this sequel brought into focus the positive, passionate hard work, and sincere dedication by many climate change advocates and innovators in a much-needed movement for a better future. As a result, we are now witnessing expanding use of solar and renewable energy sources and the increasing demand for electric transportation and charging infrastructure. In addition, Al Gore has created Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training to educate and recruit trainees in other countries around the world on how they can take action for positive changes within their own communities and hold those accountable to enact these changes. Thousands of trainees are now leaders in this movement and many more are rising up.
In 2015, we saw the allocation of funding by the Obama administration to launch the Discover Satellite, which collects data to warn NASA of extreme storm patterns and documents earth’s changes by capturing images while orbiting in space. Most importantly, 2015 brought the extraordinary, yet crucial, historical event of our world leaders coming together and signing the Paris Climate Agreement. This agreement means that $100 billion in public and private resources will need to be raised each year from 2020 to finance projects that enable countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. After Gore mentions a few of these great things that happened in this movement against global warming, he delivers a very expressive, compelling speech on how we must keep fighting, how it is imperative that we push harder for even more climate action. Quote from Al Gore: “After the last no, comes a yes… and on that yes, the future world depends.”
In the end, we discover that with all this progress there continues to be bumps along the road moving forward. In the 2016 US presidential election of Donald Trump, he vowed to pull the US from the Paris Climate Agreement… and he did. However, in accordance with Article 28 of the Paris Agreement, the earliest possible effective withdrawal date by the United States cannot be before November 4, 2020, four years after the Agreement came into effect in the United States and coincidentally one day after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. We must continue to stay hopeful for the positive action we need to put our country back on track in the fight against climate change, not only to protect our home, but also to provide a safe and livable environment for generations to come.
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