An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – A review

14 August 2017 | ResolutionPossible

Last Friday the documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power was screened in over 300 cinemas throughout the UK following an evening ‘in conversation’ with Al Gore, who took questions sent in via Twitter. The documentary is the follow up to An Inconvenient Truth (2006), a film that brought climate change into the heart of popular culture.

an inconvenient sequel; Al Gore; Climate Change; climate crisis; flood; fossil fuel; storm; weather; the inconvenient truth;During his Q&A session, Mr Gore had a very clear message: citizens need to get involved with the fight against climate change. He stressed that although grassroots action is important, what we really need now is for laws to change. Petition, speak up, get your politicians’ attention to get them to put climate change on top of the list of priorities.

The evidence provided by Mother Nature is ‘backing up what the scientists said ten years ago’: climate change is real, and it is happening now. The film gives examples of rapidly melting ice in Greenland and flooding in Miami. And it’s very effective. We see how climate change is affecting not only people in far away, exotic countries, but also on the streets in European and American cities.

The documentary is a follow up in the literal sense of the word, dealing with the direct backlash from An Inconvenient Truth. It opens with sound bites from the numerous critics of the film and its message, and throughout we see Al Gore and his team struggling to get the (political) will from world leaders to make climate change a top priority. The film shows how fossil fuel companies pour huge funds into a campaign of disinformation, discrediting the climate change scientists and campaigners, and how a change of government can shatter any process made towards a sustainable world.

We are reminded of the facts from ten years ago and where we are now: 93% of the carbon emitted by humanity is absorbed by the oceans. The most powerful typhoon ever to hit land was powered by ocean temperatures 3 degrees higher than normal. And 15 of the hottest years on record have come in the last 18 years. A phenomenon now referred to as ‘rain bombs’ is becoming more common everywhere, flooding the streets of our cities.

There is also reason to hope though: we witness the conservative Republican mayor of Georgetown, Texas, who is overseeing a complete conversion to renewable energy; and the incredible pace at which Chile is pushing its solar power revolution.

Much focus goes to Al Gore’s experiences at the COP21 Paris Climate Summit – perhaps driving the film somewhat to an ‘Al Gore Show’ at times. However, it gives the viewer an insight into what goes on at a high-level summit such as COP21, and the kind of barriers faced to coming to a global agreement on action against climate change.

It should also be noted that while Al Gore is an evangelist for solar power, this form of energy can come with its own environmental and human exploitation costs as regards mining for the necessary materials. Mr Gore would do well to acknowledge this and call for more environmentally friendly and ethical means of extraction.

Will An Inconvenient Sequel be as influential as its predecessor? It remains to be seen. Climate change is much more saturated into popular culture today than it was ten years ago, will people take note or add it to the long list of things they are having to worry about? We hope you won’t we hope you will go and see this and take from it the incentive to start making a difference. This is a subject too important to ignore. Go and see what you think!

What will you do?

Have you seen An Inconvenient Sequel and want to help our planet? Have a look at our Simple Things to see what you can do.
A call to action – at the end we are urged to pressure our schools, our businesses, our workplaces, our local politicians to take action and do all they can to mitigate the climate crisis.

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