Friday, June 09, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

Directed by Davis Guggenheim
Paramount Classics

This documentary has been out for a couple weeks here in New York and it covers Al Gore's speech that he gives around the country about global warming and the disasterous consequences of unchecked environmental havoc. Either you're going to take this seriously (I do, but often wonder what I can do about it), or you're going to take this as more environmental hooey--I hope most people don't, because the evidence is compelling.

Gore's presentation is chock full of graphs and pictures, they are a damning testimony to the effects of trapped greenhouse gas--showing once ice-covered mountains that are now only rock--and the worst of all--the sheets of ice that are Greenland, Antarctica, and the North Pole that are melting and could spell the end of several coastal cities as we know them. The worst part is knowing that the U.S. is responsible for most of the problem, and we aren't doing anything to slow it.

It's good information--now as a movie, it's not exactly a fun time for friends and family--but, it at least gets Gore's message across to more people who may not be able to make it to his presentation--that's all he asks, I'm sure. Now, the debate is, how seriously do you take it?


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