In 1989 former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, started travelling the country presenting slide shows warning of the impending disaster the world would face if global warming wasn't halted and reversed.
Al Gore at work
He is passionate about this problem and stood, unsuccessfully, for the Presidency in 2000. Undeterred by this setback he continued to travel the world with the same message. His message is simple. Global warming is real and is caused by human activity which is potentially catastrophic. Gore doesn't stray from the topic, his scientific knowledge is correct, he is a great orator and has convinced most of world leaders that a global effort must happen NOW. Heat is trapped in the earth's atmosphere which is causing temperatures to rise throughout the world.
In 2006 David Guggenheim directed Gore's first film An Inconvenient TruthYour text goes here, which bagged multiple awards including an Oscar for best documentary feature. Critics predicted it would fail at the box office. It went on to gross $50 million and to be considered by many to be the best documentary of all time.
An Inconvenient Truth Sequel: Truth to Power was released this July. New directors were found and the sequel commenced in 2014. Greenhouse gases have continued to warm the earth resulting in melting ice caps which are leading to ocean levels to rise, more humidity in the air which is changing weather patterns throughout the world. There is a note of optimism in this documentary. Scientific developments have increased the uptake of renewable energy. Photovoltaic [solar] cells and wind farms are growing faster than the predicted rate. Georgetown Texas is setting the world an example by converting the entire town to 100% energy by renewables.
195 countries approved the Paris Agreement in 2015. President Obama signed the United States, but sadly Donald Trump withdrew from the Agreement after he moved to the White House, saying climate change isn't caused by human activities. During the Paris talks Gore helped seal the deal by asking developed countries to give India access to the knowledge necessary to produce energy with renewables. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes so the agreement would be signed by all at the countries present.
' Global warming isn't caused by human activity'
The Sequel hasn't been as successful as the first film. Whether you saw the first documentary or not this sequel is a must see. The news is disturbing, but more optimistic this time around. We are all in this together.
How can everyone get involved? Google' Al Gore' and learn all about his training workshops for 'The Climate Reality Project'. Leave your email address to get regular updates and upcoming workshops. After seeing this film many, including myself, have enquired about joining in to attend the workshops and become speakers for the cause. Of course, there are some who doubt the science, but there are always doubters in every field. The world needs Al Gore.