Climate Change Videos Paper
An Inconvenient Truth
Al Gore's global warming movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," aims to call attention to the dangers society faces from climate change, and suggests urgent actions that we need to take part in immediately. It is based on a slide show on climate Al has presented to audiences worldwide over 1000 times in the past 15 years, but it is not purely a documentary. Al's movie is an advocacy piece that is part documentary, part biography, and part campaign ad. Al Gore has the right idea, climate change is an urgent issue that requires immediate action. However, the movie has flaws. The presentation of the science is good, but not great. The excessive details on Al Gore's life makes the movie longer and is unnecessary. Along with his constant mentioning of running in politics to change the climate gets repetitive and annoying after a while. But, put that aside, I enjoyed the movie.
“Cool It” is based upon the book of the same name and lectures by Bjorn Lomborg, the controversial author of The Skeptical Environmentalist. This is a film where we travel the world with Lomborg exploring the real facts and true science of global warming and its impact. Lomborg is the founder and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a globally respected think tank that brings together the world’s leading economists to prioritize major global problems. Among them malaria, the lack of potable water and HIV/AIDS. This is based upon a cost/benefit analysis of available solutions. Along with the strong and polarized opinions within the global warming debate, “Cool It” follows Lomborg on his mission to bring the smartest solutions to climate change, environmental pollution, and other major problems in the world.
Compare and Contrast
There are multiple points in the movies were the men agree on facts of global warming. The worlds sea level has and will increase over the years. The average temperature rises as a result of greenhouse gases. The CO2 levels can be decreased by doing things that emit less CO2 than other alternatives. The little things the world does on a day to day basis like driving a car, was changed to driving a hybrid or riding a bike that alone could decrease CO2 levels. Both men agree, any plans to change the world will need a 100% support and cooperation from people to really change the world.
There are multiple points in the movies were the men disagree on facts of global warming. “An
Inconvenient Truth” tells us to be afraid about the impending apocalypse, “Cool It” makes a reassuring, counterargument. Climate change may not be as bad as we think, but even if it is, there are some compelling solutions. But, where Al Gore's slide show stresses the importance of carbon reduction and individual responsibility, “Cool It” operates under the assumption that it is unrealistic and perhaps unfair to expect society to lower its consumption, especially in the developing economies of China and India. “Cool It” said ‘Over the last 150 years, sea levels rose about a foot, but did anyone really notice?’, while “An Inconvenient Truth argued that sea level has and will make dramatic increases. “Cool It” said, that ‘if we all switched to driving a Prius, it would only cut one half of a percent of what we would need to cut by midcentury,’ while “An Inconvenient Truth” argued that switching to more efficient cars will reduce more. Although these movies were preaching the same issue, both had different stats and opinions on what to do.
Agree and Disagree
An Inconvenient Truth
Al gore was discussing the global warming myth when he said, “the most vulnerable part of the Earth’s ecological system is the atmosphere.” I agree with this statement. The picture he ...