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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
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Ten years after the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power proves to be more relevant than ever today. Join former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his tireless fight, traveling around the globe to educate and inspire the next generation of climate champions. Eye-opening and alarming, this compelling follow-up shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.
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As Mr. Gore points out, in the eleven years since AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, climate events around the world have gotten progressively worse and worse; and while a lot of nations have made strides to combat the ugliest aesthetic effects of climate change, it hasn’t been at the pace needed to stop some of the worst things from happening. One of the things pointed out is what many right-wing critics liked to point out as an alleged “fallacy” in the original film: the idea that rising ocean levels and storm surge would overtake Manhattan and the 9/11 World Trade Center complex. Unfortunately, that was anything but a fallacy at all, as Hurricane Sandy swamped the 9/11 site on October 29, 2012, while it was still under construction. And as was the case with AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, while Gore once again travels the world and ends up at the Paris climate talks, on the eve of the horrible terrorist attack against the French capitol, he illustrates other examples of climate change affecting various parts of the world: tidal overflow inundating streets in Miami Beach, Florida; a huge one-day rainfall event in a town in India that resulted in 33 inches of rain falling in just 24 hours; another big one-day rainfall event of three inches hitting Tucson at the height of the Southwestern monsoon season (a time lapse of that storm shows the rain actually visibly bouncing off the streets there); massive fires in the mountains and deserts of the western United States; huge droughts; and other horrific occurrences. In the meantime, he also illustrates the many solutions that nations of the world have come up with in terms of wind and solar power to combat the effects of a century and a half of fossil fuel usage that has resulted not only in damage to the environment and to the ecology, but also to the health and the very lives of the people impacted.
One of the big things that is pushed here in AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL, in some ways even more than in AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, is the impact that the United States itself has had in this arena, a lot of it on the negative side, such as, of course, the election of trump and his vow to rip the Paris agreement to shreds just for the sake of keeping a campaign promise to bring back jobs that, apart from being environmentally destructive, have long since become obsolete, plus his mockery of the whole notion of the reality of climate change (“a hoax manufactured by China”). But as Mr. Gore shows us, even some of the most politically red parts of America are getting with the whole movement to reverse climate change, such as the small town of Georgetown, Texas, whose mayor says (quite rightly) that they’re the “reddest city in the reddest county” in the state, but they are adopting wind and solar energy to fuel their residences and businesses not only out of environmental practicality, but economic practicality as well. And there are efforts via many of the top law enforcement officials in various states to combat propaganda lobbed by Big Oil and the coal industry against the renewable energy industry sector, which is now developing jobs at a far faster pace than the all the outmoded fossil fuel cartels combined.
As Mr. Gore admits, his four decade-long crusade to get America in particular, and the world in general, to awaken to the crises caused by global warming and climate change has been met with dozens upon dozens of political and societal setbacks. But he also points out here in AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL that people are now finally taking action on their own, such as many U.S. states and cities vowing to stick with the Paris agreement despite Trump’s machinations against it. We are beginning to persevere in this fight to save Earth, and this film encourages us to continue to persevere against all political odds and outmoded fossil fuel propaganda.
Buy this film and its predecessor "An Inconvenient Truth" and learn what has to be done.
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