I couldn’t resist. I bought the DVD of An Inconvenient Truth. Sure, there’s not much sex and violence, but damn, what a great documentary. Al Gore manages to bring charts and graphs to life with his presentation. I love what he says so much in the presentation that I find the bits in between about his life are a distraction — and I adore Al Gore.
Of course, my love of the presentation may have a lot to do with what was going on when I first saw the movie: I was trying to create a workshop on effective Powerpoint presentations.
Now, Gore is not using Powerpoint — he’s got a Mac. It doesn’t matter. What his presentation shows is the power of graphics mixed with talk. You don’t see a bunch of bullet points that he just repeats (a common method of using Powerpoint). I was in awe. How do you create something like this? I can only hope that someday I can create an effective presentation like he does. It does help to have an amazing topic.
Global warming has been pooh-poohed by many; mainly oil company executives and their Republican friends. What I don’t understand is how facts can be ignored?
If you believe that global warming is happening, but not due to humankind’s output of greenhouse gasses, then we still have a problem. Why not limit the greenhouse gasses so we don’t make it any worse?
An Inconvenient Truth is a remarkable film and it leaves the viewer with some very easy steps to making a difference. They don’t look like much, but it’s all about numbers. If everyone did many of those steps, the impact would be tremendous.
Please take some time this weekend while enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday to watch this movie. It may give you more to give thanks for (an amazing world) and a lot to think about.