I recently had the pleasure of catching Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, on an international flight. It presented a well reasoned argument as to why the climate is changing and why we all must do something about it now. It's a tough subject shrouded in myths and misinformation. Gore does a great job of cutting through all of that presenting effectively some key points that really drive the message home.
In Saturday's The Age a collection of emminent scientists interviewed in The Age all rated it's science between 4-5 stars, with the most damning comment being that he had simplified the science. The same scientist conceded that he managed to maintain its fundamental accuracy. [The Age article]
The movie opens in cinemas in Australia on 14 September [Yahoo.com.au listing].
As the famous movie reviewer, Roger Ebert says, "In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to."
Rather than merely being a doomsayer, Gore presents positive ways in which we can address this looming crisis. I can only echo the thoughts of many, many others who have recognised what a loss it was to us all and the planet that Bush beat Gore in 2000. It is not an issue of politics - it's one of ignorance of this growing crisis and a lack of leadership in moving to address it. The Australian people also suffer from a lack of political leadership on this issue. Let's hope enough people see the film and choose to do something about it.