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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power documents Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore’s fight to solve the crisis as he travels the Earth, witnessing a planet transformed by rising temperatures and inspiring the next generation of citizen activists trained as Climate Reality Leaders.

Movie Review by Elaine Webster

This long-awaited follow-up to the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” brings fresh news on climate change. From the opening scenes of the Greenland ice sheets melting, we are captivated by Al Gore’s commitment to the issues.

The film highlights Mr. Gore’s emotional, political and, one could say spiritual journey, to not give up on this planet. Now in his late 60s and admittedly set back from power by the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court Decision, he has once more come out swinging. He moves through issues like our lives depend on them. After Greenland, there’s the flooded streets of Miami, Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Canadian wildfires, and the Zika virus. By the end we clearly see how all these events are connected and how much the planet’s future is at jeopardy.

We also see how important the space program is for collecting meaningful data and are introduced to a small Texas city, whose Republican mayor champions renewable energy efforts to “leave the environment in better shape than we found it.”

We see the international stage set with deep crevices of financial need between developed and developing nations. I was surprised to learn that during the 2015 Paris climate change conference India, at first, had no interest in solar power. We watch as Al Gore gets on the phone and brokers a possible deal between India and the American Company SolarCity and India signs the accord. The film goes on to point out how wind and solar energy is now cost competitive and is expected to surpass current revenues earned by the fossil-fuel companies.

“An Inconvenient Sequel” is an environmental “breath of fresh air” for those who stand with the environmental movement, but are somewhat battle fatigued. I left the theatre with a renewed spirit to do what I can to fight the current administration’s efforts to squelch alternative energy. Mr. Trump’s announcement of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accord is unacceptable.  I urge you to go to the theater and see this film. Then review ways to help The Climate Reality Project and “Fight Like Your World Depends on It.”

 

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