Last night, AFI-Docs premiered Al Gore’s new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at the Newseum in Washington DC, with director (Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk) QA. The film amounts to being “An Inconvenient Truth II”, following Gore’s first film on climate change in 2005.
Gore starts his film in Greenland, with spectacular shots of melting ice, before moving around the world and showing evidence of rapid escalation of climate change. He stops in Miami, where there is sunny day street flooding at high tides. Warmer and more humid atmosphere promulgates more extreme storms and, ironically, droughts. He shows Hurricane Sandy in 2012 in New York City (confirming a prediction from his 2005 film that the World Trade Center site from 9/11 could flood), and a typhoon in the southern Philippines in November 2013, which might have interfered with the production of my third book (the POD publisher had a plant nearby). He mentions how high temperatures shorten mosquito breeding cycles and might have contributed to the spread of Zika.
He also brings back his charts from the 2005 film, and adds illustrations showing that the number of very warm days constantly increases (even though we have cold days). It is inevitable that if carbon dioxide levels rise, the planet will warm, unless something else happens (like a volcanic eruption blotting out the Sun with cloud cover).
Gore provides plenty of evidence that green industries are economically sustainable. He notes anecdotes like that of Greensburg, KS, wiped out by a 2007 tornado, that rebuilt itself green (story), as in the 2009 Planet Green film, “Greensburg: a Story of Community Rebuilding” with Leonardo DiCaprio.
He also summarizes his personal history, his concession in Bush v. Gore in 2000, and then notes Bush’s actions which reduced satellite information gathering on climate issues by NASA, as well as catering to fossil fuel interests, anticipating Trump today.
His most startling ideas are that the drought in Syria starting around 2010 helped set up the urban refugees that set up the brutality of Assad and ISIS. Then the film moves to Paris, just before the meetings at the end of 2015, as Gore is present for the Nov. 13 terror attacks, the aftermath of which is shown.
The film covers Al Gore’s “Climate Reality Leadership Corps”, which he calls “Truth in Ten”. People can join this as a movement, be trained, and participate in a formal process. My problem is that I like to retain my ability to speak independently, as I said in the QA. There is a hashtag “#Pledgetobeinconvenient”.
Another audience member pointed out the problem of tribalism: many people won’t listen to rational arguments of they are made by someone from the wrong side – as we saw with the 2016 elections and the vitriolic personal divisions and odd forms of hyper partisanship.
2 (my question on joining a group vs. working alone on an issue like this)
3 (question about tribalism — “truth to power”)
|Name:||“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”|
|Director, writer:||Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk, Al Gore|
|Format:||1.85:1 (as shown; imdb says 2.35:1)|
|When and how viewed:||AFI Docs, Newseum, 2017/6/16, Washington DC, almost sold out; general release 2017/7/28|
|Companies:||Paramount Independent; Kino Lorber; Participant Media|
|Link:||Al Gore, Film|
Picture: Far Rockaway, NY, March 2013, my trip after Hurricane Sandy
(Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10 AM EDT)