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Love this book!
on July 4, 2016
I first saw the documentary based off of this book when I was a freshman in college. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spoke to the entering freshman class at my university about environmentalism and, after his speech, the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" was shown. This was the first time I ever heard about global warming and I immediately changed my lifestyle. I began using reusable bags, and recycling whenever I could. I only used electricity when necessary and tried to conserve as much as possible. I did not know there was a book until a year later but I didn't read this book until recently. The main thing I don't like about the book is that there are a lot of graphs. I do not know where former Vice President Gore got the information for the graphs so I don't consider them completely trustworthy, even if I do believe global warming is a problem. That being said, Gore is a great writer and he intertwines stories about his family with environmental topics. It is a captivating and fascinating read.
The film "An Inconvenient Truth" informs viewers of what "Global Warming" really is. It is presented by Al Gore with intelligent, heartfelt honesty, a little humor and a lot of facts in easy to understand graphs, photography and film. Gore covers climate and environmental changes for over six million years to illustrate in real terms how fast the current climate changes are happening. He explains why these changes are so devastating and exactly what is happening in countries all over the planet. he uses and provides evidence of scientific research, which you can find if you are willing to do the work to research his sources. This film should be required viewing in every classroom, regardless of religion, political affiliation, personal opinions, or inconveniences. This film is WELL WORTH the time to watch it. It exposes cover-ups by former President Bush and others. Get the truth, and realize what you can do about the very necessary changes this planet needs. If no one does anything, this planet will be changed irreversibly within 50 years. Think about it, many of us will still be alive to reap the consequences, our children and grandchildren will inherit the problems that we could have changed.
This is at most a very general introduction to global warming issues. It's best suited to an audience that doesn't have much of a technical background. (Like me; and, for the record, in the last year, I moved from the skeptic's camp to that of the non-fanatic believers.) There certainly is a little Bush-bashing and a generally negative attitude toward Republican policies. That's not too surprising, considering that Gore has spent his life as a Democratic political figure. In any event, they're pretty mild. While Gore's explanations of global warming are pretty convincing, his suggested solutions to the problem (mostly strict adherence to the Kyoto treaty and living a "carbon-neutral" lifestyle) seem to me to be very much open to debate.
Read the book. Watch the movie. Share it with family and friends.