Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Seeing An Inconvenient Truth

On Monday night I was able to see "An Inconvenient Truth". It is the documentary film brought to us by Al Gore. I must admit I didn't know much about the film or about global warming before I went to go and see this. A couple of months back though, I had heard some of the hype about the film. I also came across a video: "Our Thoughts on An Inconvenient Truth" by Jen and Kent of EbbandFlow.tv that offered a very well composed and communicated account of their experience going to see this very provocative and important movie.

Here are just some of my thoughts in no particular order.
  • I don't think I have ever been to a film where I have heard people gasp in shock at seeing statistics before. I heard it at least once during this film.
  • People sat through the beginning part of the credits at the end of the film because during those credits practical suggestions were offered about how we can reduce CO2 emissions. People really seemed interested in knowing how to practically do something about what they had just seen.
  • If all those statistics we were shown are correct than we are doing horrible damage to the world we live in. But there are ways to stop it.
  • Why aren't more people concerned about global warming?
  • How much of this is really political? How much of this is economical? How much of this is ignorance of a great problem?
  • Why can't I have a Mac like Al Gore's?
  • If Al Gore is so concerned about pollutants why is he flying and taking taxi-cabs so often?
  • Where do I start making steps to reduce globe harming emissions? (I make a living driving a truck and delivering fuel.)
  • Does Al Gore videoblog? If not, why not?
  • If the message in this film is so important why not make it available to everyone for free?
To learn more about this film and the issues it teaches us about check out http://climatecrisis.net. Click here to see their blog. And click here to see 10 simple things you can do to help stop global warming. Here are three examples from that list: use flourescent bulbs, adjust your thermostat (and use a timer), check your tire pressure.

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At Wednesday, August 23, 2006 8:53:00 PM, Anonymous deb said...

So many things to think about. So many things to consider. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget how our actions send out a ripple effect. Sometimes I think we just need something to shake us up and get us thinking again. Even if the stats aren't 100% correct, at least we're thinking.

At Wednesday, August 23, 2006 9:40:00 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Interesting. I've been meaning to see this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it!

At Thursday, August 24, 2006 1:42:00 PM, Anonymous Kent Bye said...

Bravo! Very much enjoyed hearing your before and after thoughts on this as well -- and engaging in dialogue with the theater owner.

I just listened to some audio of Al Gore talking more about things that you can do on an individual level to make some changes (~6 minutes in).

Thanks again for making and sharing this, it's certainly a powerful film whose message and imagery is still resonating with both of us.

At Friday, August 25, 2006 3:31:00 PM, Blogger JuanFalla said...

Veeeeeeeery interesting!
I liked the last part, where you talk to the owner, specailly when you ask him why he dicided to show it.

Being aware that the world is A LOT MORE thant our sorroundings is something this country needs to actually know.

At Sunday, August 27, 2006 9:46:00 AM, Blogger Killer B said...

SO thrilled you saw it! I've seen it twice now and actually made a video about it but decided not to post it. I think the intersection of Christianity and social justice is possibly something that intrigues me the most right now, so I'll definitely look forward to hearing your further thoughts about these things.

At Monday, August 28, 2006 10:10:00 AM, Blogger SoyChapin said...

GREAT topic, but I haven't seen your video, although I saw the movie.

Oh, Anthony.. welcome to my world, where I tell eeryone that I have seen but not heard their vlog, bc I have no speakes at the office.

So, without seeing it, here's my thoughts on your last SIX-seis-6 questions.
1. That's exactly what think when I go to libraries selling so many different ersions of Bibles, or churches selling their preachers on DVD.
2. Al Gore DID film-blog, he edited it, and found its way to the thetre.
3. Try vlogging full time for profit! Trust me, it won't work, so.. keep doing what you are doing and cover your truck with Vote Democrat stickers all around it!
4. My guess is he is following GWB example of being concerned about life and murdering iraquis by the thousands... oh, I forgot, they don't do bodycounts there.
5. Because somehow, the money you'd pay for a mac you feel it's better invested n something else, like, say... food. (Believe me, I lost a few pounds a few years ago when getting my own '03 Mac)
6. I sincerelly think it is religious. People have made a god out of money, and they want to burn incense to that golden donkey and keep making money, regardless if the sky above is crying. The biggest influence on people is their own principles, shaped mostly with friends' opinions or from people they hold in high esteem. Not any religious/conservative group is making inroads about this "conservationism" subject.

At Monday, August 28, 2006 5:13:00 PM, Blogger SoyChapin said...

Anthony, thanks for your response.

I'll watch AND listen before I comment appropiately. Again, thanks for your communication, and I'm sorry for being too cynical instead of serious when commenting. More on that later.

At Monday, August 28, 2006 5:27:00 PM, Blogger Anthony said...

Thank you Chapin. Thank you for visiting here, for reading, for watching, for commenting.

At Sunday, September 03, 2006 7:29:00 AM, Blogger Dooser said...

Wow, nice hair!!

I'd like to see that too..Soon I hope.

Nice editting too.


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