The day after seeing Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth, I was talking to a friend about it. He countered with Michael Crichton’s recent book, The State of Fear, a work of fiction that puts forth the assertion that global warming is a farce being played on the public by environmental extremists, and my friend was pretty convinced by this book. My question for him was, “Are we going to wait until global warming is proved true to try to stop it?” It seems to have a very long braking distance; if we ignore the brake lights and wait until we see the wreck to begin slowing down, we’re going to be in a mess.
I’m always very skeptical of statistics, charts, graphs, etc., because I know how to abuse them myself. Having said that, Gore’s presentation was very convincing and the ramifications of global warming are too great to blow off based on potential exaggerations in statistics.
The best part is that the movie ends with tips, little and big, to lessening our emissions of greenhouse gases.
Final verdict: see it! It’s very watchable, informative and thought-provoking, and, if Al is right, it may be the most important movie you’ll ever see. (And if Al’s wrong, it won’t hurt to have cleaned up the world a bit.)