not convenient right now?

Submitted by sproutingforth on Mon, 2007-01-22 09:30

We finally had the time to go and catch the tail end of the run of ‘an inconvenient truth’ at the V&A Waterfront, after having blogged about it and encouraged everyone else to go and see the film, it felt about time!

I’ve pondered on the title of the film for quite a while, not actively, but have been aware at how clever it is – dealing directly with most peoples’ reaction to global warming, particularly politicians who don’t really want to deal with it right now - it isn’t altogether convenient to realise that changes have to be made, that the earth and all who live on her, together, are going to have to deal with a crisis – gets in the way of the other important stuff - how annoying!

I’d expected the documentary-style film to take a ‘shock’ angle; to make me frightened, to ‘scare’ me into action. But in fact, the script writers have been fantastically clever about how they’ve put together a film that motivates and excites you to get out there and do something about what could seem daunting, and even downright debilitating, in the face of such irrefutable evidence.

And don’t think for a second that there is any room for doubt here. An inconvenient truth isn’t about whether or not there is a crisis and how many scientists agree or disagree - although obviously these facts are dealt with. Al Gore gets right in there with terms like ‘ticking time bomb’, ‘major catastrophe’, and ‘extreme weather’ and that he’s on a crusade is evident. But he exposes the crisis for what it is, presents the scientific facts in such a way that you don’t start yawning, in fact quite the contrary, and at no time are you left thinking – now what do we do? This isn’t about gloom and doom, this is about getting up off your seat and joining a movement that wants to save the world!

But what’s really clever are Gore’s personal anecdotes and the way he shares of himself in the film. It shifts ‘an inconvenient truth’ from a presentation of the facts into a personal account so that, despite people’s questioning Gore’s motivation (we'll forgive those who think being contrary is fashionable) there is an emotive element to the film to which you cannot help but respond – Davis Guggenheim gives a passionate account of Gore’s crusade.

And yes, Al Gore does happen to have a lot of ‘friends’ with famous names who have provided evidence for the film, but you know what – he’s doing something the world needs so badly, that if he’s scoring a bit of PR on the side as well – I say, go for it!

If you haven’t already gone to see the film – go and see it - for the sake of our planet; for your childrens’ sake and because you deserve to be informed. Not convenient right now? Well make it convenient, dammit!

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