Last night I rented and watched Al Gore’s recent documentary about global warming called An Inconvenient Truth. It was late so I watched it again today with my fiance to make sure I hadn’t dozed off and missed anything last night. Pretty scary stuff. Did you know that the fourth-largest lake (in the 60’s and 70’s) in Africa (Lake Chad) has almost completely dried up? Or that more than 35,000 people died from a heat wave in Europe in 2003? Or that in July of 2005 37 inches (3 feet!!!!) of rain fell on Mumbai India in 24 hours while a neighboring province continued in a devastating drought? Or that for the first time ever polar bears are being found in the arctic that have drown after swimming for 60 miles looking for ice to climb on? Somehow in my day-to-day life I have missed hearing-about (or remembering, or caring) these things.
I consider myself a bit of an environmentalist. I’m very interested in renewable energies, I recycle even though it means an extra fee to my trash hauler, I drive a hybrid vehicle, and every light bulb that burns out in my home gets replaced by a compact fluorescent if a suitable and affordable replacement of the same size is on the market: I generally try to lessen the impact of my footprint on the earth. A big reason for that is a religious conviction that as a race, the first thing that God commissioned us to do was to care for the earth. But you don’t have to be an environmentalist, a democrat (I’m not), or even remotely like Gore to need to see this film. You just have to live here on planet earth. The next time you rent, borrow, or buy a movie I would highly recommend that An Inconvenient Truth be at the top of your list.