Twelve years ago former Vice President Al Gore brought An Inconvenient Truth to the world and the climate crisis into the global spotlight. Now after traveling the world bringing the truth about climate change to the world, this self proclaimed “recovering politician” brings us An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power. Last night at The Hammer Museum, Gore answered questions from the audience and moderator Tina Johnson, Policy Director from US Climate Action Network, on his trek to build an understanding of climate change and to influence international policy.
“If we had a dozen people stranded on a lifeboat well off shore, and they’re in trouble. Then two guys go to one end of the boat and start rocking the boat violently. And a couple guys in the back are scientists. The scientists say technically it’s possible to use these mirrors we have to signal to shore and direct the construction of a new wave generator which will generate waves that will precisely cancel out the rocking of the boat. Or we could get them to stop rocking the boat,” said Gore. “For us as a species to continue putting 110 million tons of destructive heat trapping gasses and pollution into the skies as if it is an open sewer every 24 hours, and then say well what is going on?”
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary this year. It continues the discussion Gore brought up twelve years ago, and how much more urgent the message has become. Powerful imagery from storms over the last decade made more perilous by climate change, and the devastating effects and human toll are included in this film. Gore’s fight to ensure green technologies are the energy sources used not in the future, but now are covered in his compelling discussions between technology companies and other powerful decision makers. One of the most criticized scenes from An Inconvenient Truth was the flooding of the 9/11 memorial. In An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power actual footage of that very memorial being flooded from hurricane Sandy is included.
More heartbreaking imagery in the film is the melting of the glaciers, literally exploding as the lens passes by, disintegrating into explosions of powder. A guide takes Gore on a boat ride explaining how where they’re floating on the water is where ice was but just a few years ago, that way was impassable by boat due to ice. On the shore the line where the glacier ice once lined earth is clearly visible on the side of the mountain.
The Hammer Museum theater was full to capacity. The outside atrium where large screens were set up for viewing of not only the film but the following Q&A was also full to capacity. The audience in attendance that night was 1600, the maximum allowed.
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