Friday, May 02, 2008

An Inconvenient Truth

I am watching this movie late. By this time, this movie is already a phenomenon of sorts.
I am not going into the contents of the movie now. You can read the complete synopsis here.

* Personally, in my mind, I have no doubt that the current global warming situation is man made.

* Carbon emissions are one side, I also feel that another contributor is the depletion of rain forests.

* Primary carbon emissions come from burning of fossil fuels.

* Primary rain forest depletion happens for paper. (This by the way, can also be reversed. Hemp can be used to prepare pulp for paper. Trees are still being cut, no prizes for guessing why!)

* The biggest obstacle for reduction of emissions seems to be bureaucracy. See here, there is a big red patch in the world map of those countries that deny ratification of the Kyoto Protocol (yes, one country!). Yes, and this one big country is the biggest emitter of green house gases.

* Some "scientists" still seem to disagree that the global warming phenomenon is man made. None of them seem to refute the data provided, but seem to come from the argument that - "all that is fine - but it still doesn't pin point to the fact that emissions correlate directly to global warming". When the phenomenon is so obvious to the common person, how can "scientists" miss the point?

* EVEN if Al Gore is wrong, isn't the content alarming enough to pay attention and cause investigation?

* Roger Ebert wrote this about the documentary in his review - "In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to".

* The president of the US responded "Doubt it", when asked if he would watch the movie. Why would a responsible world leader make such a statement? Shouldn't he, at the minimum consider the data provided?

* Finally, as glaciers melt all over the place, the impacts cannot the pin pointed. As the eco-fabric gets ruptured at places, massive changes travel to the grass roots that no amount of data can provide insight to. The documentary itself provides an example of migratory birds losing food because of changing heat patters.

* When the dust in the nose becomes overwhelming, the earth WILL sneeze. What happens then is anybody's guess. Al Gore, for example says Calcutta will be underwater - but they are educated guesstimates which may very well happen. At that time, we will still continue to debate if it is man made or not, but at least, no one can say "We weren't warned"!

* The other thing we tend to do, is to then view the after-effect as a local phenomenon happening "all of a sudden"!

In the end, my wonder is this - what do we actually need to see happen for us to finally change? If twenty cities need to go underwater, we at least need to brace ourselves for that!

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