An inconvenient sequel

an_inconvenient_sequel-cov“A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.”

[From the official web site]

The first part of this movie covers the aftermath of Al Gore first documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. It shows us how he went on presenting his slide show on climate change — thus creating an army of 10,000 climate advocates, how he adapted it to the climatic, scientific and political developments, and how disappointing the lack of progress in implementing solutions has been for him. On that side, I feel that this movie is rather infuriating!

The second part chronicles the talks at the Paris Climate Conference in 2016 and Al Gore’s own contribution to its success by brokering a deal between India (who felt that the accord would hinder their development), SolarCity (a subsidiary of Tesla, run by Lyndon Rive) and the World Bank — agreement that will later evolved into the International Solar Alliance.

Strangely, this documentary is not only highlighting the lack of progress in fighting climate change — one of the biggest set back being the election of Trump in late 2016 — but it also demonstrates that there is real hope for the future.

Most interestingly, the DVD includes a short feature titled “Truth in Ten”, where Al Gore summarizes his updated climate crisis message in only ten minutes. He simply ask three questions.

First, Must we change? Earth is surrounded only by a very thin layer of atmosphere into which we pour 110 million tons of man-made global warming pollution (greenhouse gases coming mostly from fossil fuels combustion) every twenty-four hours! In consequence, we are experiencing the warmest temperatures ever recorded. This leads to a catastrophic causality chain: warming oceans means more frequent and stronger storms, as well as heavier precipitation and widespread flooding; it also means ocean acidification which is causing massive species extinction; warmer temperatures also sucks the moisture from the soil causing deeper and longer droughts; drier vegetation brings more wildfires; it also causes the glaciers to melt, which also brings the raising of the sea level (if Miami is the first city at risk in terms of assets, Kolkata, Mumbai and Dhaka are more at risk in terms of population).

According to The Pentagon, climate change will likely lead to food & water shortages (i.e. famine and political instability), pandemic diseases (medical crisis), and an increasing number of natural disasters which will in turn cause a refugees crisis. This makes it the number one threat to national security and to the global economy. So, yes, we must change!

The second question is Can we change? Yes, there are solution available now! We are producing more wind and solar power than ever. Batteries and LED are also more efficients. The cost of producing renewable energy is going down and is now even cheaper than coal!

The final question is Will we change? The Paris Agreement has been signed, but the biggest changes must come from individuals. You must use your voice, your vote and your choices to speak truth to power like if your world depends on it, because… your world depends on it!

Al Gore’s slide show is available for download on the film’s website. With this tool, everyone can become a climate advocate and get involved in the improvement of his/her community, country and of the planet. Al Gore tells us that each of us can act by speaking truth to power (support the businesses that is doing the right thing, vote for politicians who are ready to act or defeat those who won’t and, if this is not enough, run for office yourself!), talk and write about climate (spread the message), promote renewable and sustainable solutions in your community, business and at home (with the energy and the food you are consuming). Al Gore has also published a book where he details the subject of the documentary and how everyone can take action to learn the science, find a voice and help solve the climate crisis!

An inconvenient sequel is a must see if you have any interest in your future, humanity’s future or this planet’s future. If you don’t care, you are part of the problem!

An inconvenient sequel – truth to power : USA, documentary, 2017, 98 mins; Dir.: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk; Scr.: Al Gore; Phot.: Jon Shenk; Ed.: Don Bernier, Colin Nusbaum; Music: Jeff Beal; Prod.: Jeff Skoll, Richard Berge, Diane Weyermann, Participant Media / Actual Films; Distr.: Paramount Pictures.  Available on dvd and on iTunes Storestars-4-0

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