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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth
Today's bloggerSo, 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.
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posted by Emily at 5/16/2006 01:31:00 PM

8 Comments:

Anonymous Northern Friend said...

Emily --I trust you pointed out to Al why he no longer has the option of choosing whether or not to run in '08: it's a moral imperative. No one else offers any prospect of helping us prevent the train wreck; most (esp. Hillary) don't even get it at all.

5/16/2006 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger Richard Campbell said...

Gah. The slowly boiling frog and the opportunity + danger bit are both urban legends.

Boiling frog: http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/frogboil.htm

Opportunity + danger:
http://www.pinyin.info/chinese/crisis.html
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/001103.html

5/16/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

This whole event was amazing and pretty much cemented my undying love for Al Gore... he's just so darned ethical. Not to mention hilarious; who knew a movie about statistics on global warming could actually be funny, if mostly at the expense of our current, hypocritical administration. Sobering, though, was how all these events I never thought of being linked are indications of impending environmental disaster. I'd rather have a living polar bears than 10 corrupt EPA staffers. Everyone should see this movie... the opening may remind you a little of those Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey sketches on SNL, but it redeems itself more and more with each minute.

5/16/2006 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

PS, WHERE THE HELL WAS SEAN PENN. All I got was Ted Turner!

5/16/2006 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Well, all Justi, Melissa and Paul (not to mention Jan) got was an uppity bartender at The Grape so count your lucky stars :-)

5/16/2006 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I'm still bitter about the whole lack of the Al Gore experience. I stood in line for little over an hour just to be told to go home because were there no more seats left. I understand about over booking the theater but come on did you have to over book by that much. Again I under that the Southern Environmental Law Center folks sponored the event, but don't you think there should have been a cut off for those people who waltzed in at the last minute and still got a seat while the rest of us were left out who had been standing there a whole lot longer. My thinking is if Al Gore needs me for anything I'm going to make him wait an hour then in the end say No I'm all out. I hope to get over my bitterness soon.

Melissa

5/17/2006 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger Justice said...

Well, we may not have had Al Gore, or Sean Penn, or Ted Turner. It may not have been as glamorous, but I think we learned something from our uppity bartender - something we all need to keep in mind: drinking glass after glass of wine on a Monday night probably does not lower our overall carbon emissions and it makes Tuesday a fairly shitty day.

As for the Chinese "crisis" controversy, I think it's slightly more complicated than the urban legend story would have you believe. Chinese people were always telling me similar things: the word for tolerate is made from the characters for knife + heart; crisis = opportunity + danger, etc. Translation is always a tricky business and we're bound to over simplify - especially if the language is Chinese. The point is this crisis has created an opportunity for reevaluating our relationship with the planet and its resources. The danger is, we may be too late.

5/17/2006 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger ChinaLawBlog said...

I have heard Gore holds up China as having better emission standards than the United States. This is a joke.

China is an environmental disaster and it is not because of its laws. It is because of the lack of enforcement of the laws. China’s care emission laws may be better than the United States’, but that is basically irrelevant because there are a huge number of cars there whose emissions would probably not meet anyone’s standards.

6/05/2006 03:49:00 PM  

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