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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 19, Number 5, March 2007

An Inconvenient Truth—the movie

This documentary should be mandatory viewing for everyone from age 8 and up, especially our politicians, many of whom are currently dithering about which approach and timeline to use regarding this issue. The following information, located at www.climatecrisis.net/aboutthefilm  summarizes this film accurately.

"Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics, and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced. If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom--think again. An Inconvenient Truth offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. He is funny, engaging, open, and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our ‘planetary emergency’ out to ordinary citizens before it’s too late.

"With 2005, the worst storm season ever experienced in America just behind us, it seems we may be reaching a tipping point—and Gore pulls no punches in explaining the dire situation using bracing facts and future predictions as he underscores the key message of the film: we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue—rather it is the biggest moral challenge facing our global civilization."

The film web site also offers various links that educators will find useful, including the An Inconvenient Truth Educator’s Resource featuring downloadable pdf lesson plans.

Source: The Global Educator, newsletter of the BC Teachers for Peace and Global Education, Winter 2006/07.


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