Thursday, February 01, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth - 'you owe it to yourself'


"Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten 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."

 Al Gore's documentary film (which has been nominated for an Oscar in the documentary film category) is a must-see. I can see this film as a great resource for starting discussions in an Environmental Education middle- or high-school class. While the movie focuses mainly on the issue of global warming, it will not take much for a teacher to extend the ideas to topics such as the water crisis, renewable and alternate energy sources, sustainable living...the list is endless. A fabulous effort by the man who introduced himself as - "I'm Al Gore, I used to be the next president of the United States of America."

A quotable quote mentioned in the film (among many) - "You can't make somebody understand something if their salary depends upon them not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair

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