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Al Gore An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power

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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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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