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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
An Inconvenient Truth
So, I didn’t blog last night because I was watching “An Inconvenient Truth” with Sean. (Sean who? Sean Penn, of course – I always go to the movies with Sean Penn. Who do you go to the movies with?)
How interesting! My dire predictions of tears and wailing did not come to pass. I did not huddle under my seat in the fetal position. (I did snuggle a little bit with Sean during the part about the polar bears.) Don’t get me wrong, this is a fantastic way to spend 90 minutes, but Michael Moore was positively, definitely, not in the house. There’s no dramatics, no gimmicks, no histrionics. This is merely Al Gore giving us information on global warming with simplicity, with intelligence, with wit. And, with enormous patience and tenderness. What a patriot!! “An Inconvenient Truth” is graceful and subtle – don’t go expecting a real life Armageddon. We are so accustomed to being scared out of our minds before we are alarmed enough to act, this movie is a refreshing surprise.
“An Inconvenient Truth” very well may change your life. You may (like I already have) go online and calculate your own share of carbon emissions and make steps to reduce or eliminate them. But it won’t be because you got hit over the head, terrified, or guilted into action. President Gore appeals to our intelligence, our morality, and our love for our country and for all of creation. If this movie changes your life, it will not be because you learned much more than you knew already. Those of you reading this blog already know what you need to know about global warming. No, if this movie changes your life it will be because he made a compelling case to put this issue at the top of your list of many critical issues and finally take actions you already know about, if vaguely. Now you will have a directive from this great patriot and clear marching orders about what to do first. So, you should go see this movie.
There is also a good chance that this movie will in fact change the way that someone you know thinks about global warming. You might know someone who still believes there is controversy or uncertainty about whether global warming exists or whether we are causing it or whether we can or should do anything about it (there is no controversy nor uncertainty). These are people you should take with you to the movie. You don’t have to take them kicking and screaming. Remember – it’s patient and tender. There may be an a-ha moment – a compact fluorescent light bulb moment – for them. So, take them.
After the movie, President Gore explained how important opening weekend will be. He asked us all to attend and take five friends. This is an easy way to save the world – please log on to Climate Crisis and pledge to see the movie. He wants a million people to see it opening weekend and right now the counter is in the 60,000 range. Please pledge to see the movie and tell everyone you know. The movie opens in many cities May 24th, but it won’t be in Atlanta until June 9th. Ask your friends in other states to go over the holiday weekend. Make plans to go to Tara here in Atlanta June 9th, 10th, or 11th.
The website is also the definitive collection of resources to help you educate yourself and become carbon neutral. Start exploring now, but expect to come back after you see the movie and read every page and every link.
In the end, if this movie is going to change the world (and it must) it will be because we all go to see it and we take people we know. Last night, Al Gore told us about the Chinese symbol for “crisis.” (You may have read this in Vanity Fair already, but bear with me…) The symbol is made from two other symbols side by side: one, the symbol for “danger” and the other the symbol for “opportunity.” President Gore suggests that perhaps this is our opportunity to shine as a generation - as a global generation. This is our moment to rise above our own selfish interests, our own fears, our own greed, our own stubbornness and do something truly great. We must seize this opportunity. The first step is easy. Go see Al’s movie.