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An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth is a documentary movie about global warming. The movie is a presentation of Al Gore, the former Vice President of the U.S., and was directed by Davis Guggenheim. The movie was released on 2006.

Gore, who decided after his defeat in 2000 elections to focus on climate change, began back then his personal crusade, traveling the globe with a computer slideshow on global warming ((‘the traveling global warming show’), educating small crowds, trying to convince whoever wanted to listen on the dangers of climate change and the fact that is real. Very real.

The slideshow he used for these presentations around the world is the base for the movie. It all began when Hollywood producer Laurie David went to one of these presentations and succeeded later to convince Gore to make a personal documentary based on the slideshow. And the rest as they say is history..

The movie was very successful, won many prizes (including the Oscar for the best documentary film on 2006) and led the way for Gore to win the Nobel Peace Prize on 2007. But maybe more important than that, it is considered to be a change agent that was one of the most significant forces, if not the most significant one, to end the debate on whether global warming is real or not. It also made many people realize the urgency of the change that is required in order to fight climate change and secure our future on the planet.

 Our recommendation:

An Inconvenient Truth is not only about convincing us about the threats of global warming, but also about the need to take action and green up our lifestyle. The film’s website also offers ideas for those who are looking for ways to reduce their impact - http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/. Recommended!

 More sources

1. An Inconvenient Truth website - http://www.climatecrisis.net/
2. Scientists OK Gore's Movie for Accuracy (Washington Post, June 2006) - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/27/AR2006062700780.html
3. A chat with Inconvenient Truth co-producer and Hollywood bigwig Lawrence Bender (grist, March 2007) - http://grist.org/news/maindish/2007/03/06/bender/index.html
4. The trailer - http://www.climatecrisis.net/trailer/

Relevant concepts : Ecological footprint, Carbon emissions, Sustainable living, Carbon offsetting

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