A persuasive inconvenienceAl Gore describes our current environment as "a nature walk through the Book of Revelations." An Inconvenient Truth is extremely well done, with compelling and surprisingly funny arguments. What surprised me the most, however, was the overall tone, which focused on fomenting widespread political change, rather than personal behavioral change. He riles our democratic hackles, but leaves us feeling our own decisions to reduce energy and waste are inconsequential when overshadowed by the oil lobby and government-sanctioned field burning in Africa and South America. However, it was still an effective reminder that laissez faire is not an acceptable option.
It's unfortunate that the major demographic viewing the movie and Gore's lectures is already green and politically active. Those that really need to see the film—SUV owners who view terrorism as the greatest global threat—would most likely avoid it as hippie tripe; those that do see it might find the references to the 2000 election unpalatable. But whatever cognitive block is imposed by the political tone is certainly offset by the extremely persuasive info viz. ("Let's see . . . how can we scale the Y axis in this graph so that the 2005 level of CO2/temperature/ice melt/population is off the chart?") Precipitous diagonals cover chart after chart in his lecture. It's frightening and fascinating.
But the computer-generated drowning polar bear was too much.