Monday, June 05, 2006

The Truth Will Set You Free

I saw An Inconvenient Truth last night. As a documentary, I don’t think it was anything spectacular. It was basically Al Gore’s presentation with some small snippets of biographical information. So while it was informative, I don’t think it revealed anything profound about its subject (Al Gore) nor do I think it presented the information in a way that was much different from what we would have seen by going to the presentation.

As far as the presentation goes though, it did a good job of demonstrating that there really is a lot of consensus right now about global climate change, and also showing how serious the consequences will be. The information is relatively concise and easy for the lay person to process. This movie is a good place to start for anyone that wants to learn more about global climate change, and if the goal of the movie is to increase awareness (as opposed to being any sort of character study), then it will probably be successful.

Although environmentalists will find everything they believed confirmed in this movie, that isn’t the audience this movie should be targeted to. If we really want to decrease our output of carbon dioxide, we need to reach the non-believers. The big question then is what an open-minded non-believer (is there such a thing?) will think of the movie. Maybe I can convince Old $ to go see it.