An Inconvenient Truth
“You look at that river gently flowing by. You notice the leaves rustling with the wind. You hear the birds; you hear the tree frogs. In the distance you hear a cow. You feel the grass. The mud gives a little bit on the river bank. It's quiet; it's peaceful. And all of a sudden, it's a gear shift inside you. And it's like taking a deep breath and going, "Oh yeah, I forgot about this." –Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth
“You see that pale, blue dot? That's us. Everything that has ever happened in all of human history, has happened on that pixel. All the triumphs and all the tragedies, all the wars all the famines, all the major advances... it's our only home. And that is what is at stake, our ability to live on planet Earth, to have a future as a civilization.” (Inconvenient Truth). In this quote, Al Gore is referring the problem of climate change, brought on by man’s activities and that we need to act now not tomorrow so that our civilization will be able to survive on this planet for many years to come. This film explores the problem of global warming and what we have to do now in order to slow down or reverse the dangerous effects of climate change.
The main theme of this film, is the issue of climate change. He starts out by showing how global warming is caused, how the earth is heated and the atmosphere holds in the heat, but with greenhouse gases, the heat is held in. The greenhouse gas that is responsible for global warming is carbon dioxide, or CO2. A graph was shown that portrayed the CO2 levels in the atmosphere for the last few decades and the number and been steadily increasing even before then. Another graph was shown which showed that the rise in CO2 levels occurred significantly faster after industrialization, which could be attributed to human activities.
He then went on to talk about how the glaciers are melting at much faster rates today. In a few years there will not be any glaciers in...
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