It’s difficult to understand why anyone would be against improving the world we live in, or pretend that the most blatant changes happening in front of our eyes aren’t happening. Yes, I’m talking about climate change and yes, I believe it’s real. Like the majority of us I’d hope, because it is. Back in 2006, the documentary An Inconvenient Truth drew its focus on Al Gore’s mission to raise public awareness across the world to the reality of climate change and what we need to do, now, to save the world for future generations. It set off a movement, and has continued to inspire people to the realisation of what they need to do to keep spreading the word, for the world.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power catches up with Gore in the past few years to monitor the sad fact that Science predicted has come true, and in the eventual end… the Trump effect and how it could easily destroy everything that’s been positive so far. Thankfully the emphasis isn’t remotely on him, he’s not important enough in the long term, but here we re-join Al Gore on his continual fight around the globe to educate and hope to inspire those eager to do something constructive.
Co-directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk documentary blends footage of Gore’s talks, news reports and his discovery of what’s happening to the world in relation to extreme weather events. It’s confusing as to how anyone could argue against what we’re seeing, you’ve only got to switch on the TV to see stories from across the globe to realise what’s going wrong. For me, it confirms that Gore should be looked back on in history as a man who stood up and fought for what he believed in so strongly that, eventually, he convinced world leaders to team up against climate change and commit to doing what they can. He even ends up arranging a deal with India, who are rightly pointing out why should they not build more coal plants when the rest of the world isn’t helping us, but still convinces the most cynical.
We all believe scientists when it comes to medicine, our health, eclipses, the fact we go around the Sun and that we exist in a Solar System and yet… when it comes to climate change there’s still people like Donald Trump who doesn’t believe it. What’s wrong with the man? For some reason, people hear the term ‘global warming’ and think that solely means ‘heat’ but it’s everything and to not believe that is truly ignorant.
Although An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power gets a little bogged down in the middle with an surplus of facts, mainly things we already knew from the first one and a general understanding, but it’s still an important watch. I believe in a better world, I’ll do what I can to share the message and get everyone on board, and I’m sure you will as well after watching it.