An Inconvenient Truth
As Earth Day approaches, I want to spotlight an extraordinarily illuminating and urgent documentary: “An Inconvenient Truth.”As you may already know, "An Inconvenient Truth" is director Davis Guggenheim's dramatic re-creation of and elaboration on an Al Gore lecture on the causes and effects of global warming around our planet, from melting icecaps to devastating hurricanes to drying-up lakes and rivers. If you haven’t yet seen this riveting and inspiring study, you owe it to yourself to see it. And if you’ve only seen it on the big screen, you should rent the DVD, which contains some compelling new features, including a 32-minute "Update with Former Vice President Al Gore," in which Gore presents evidence that has accrued since the documentary was made demonstrating intensified ocean heating and acidification, rising temperatures, population pressures, glacial earthquakes, wildfires, and dramatic effects on the Amazon River and the Siberian permafrost. The DVD also points viewers toward a web site where more information and suggestions for action can be found: www.climatecrisis.net. Let’s take this Earth Day as an opportunity to reflect on the linked truths that we are all stewards of our planet and that if we really understand and accept this principle, every day is Earth Day. We owe ourselves, our children, and this singular home we have inherited no less.