An Inconvenient Truth
A movie review by Carol Shimizu

Trying to escape the record breaking heat of the summer—19 consecutive days of triple digit heat in Southern California—a friend and I decided to take in a movie. We went to see Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth. Now, it all makes sense to me! If you haven’t seen this movie, you should.

This is not a “feel good, action-packed, chick-flick summer block-buster” movie. It is a documentary featuring a lecture given by Al Gore. He has given this lecture a thousand times nationwide and decided after the last presidential election that his mission is to inform and educate the public about the causes and effects of global warming. If lectures and political issues intimidate you, as they do me, don’t be afraid! This movie is clear and easy to understand. Gore simplifies the information scientists have been expressing for years and provides photographic evidence and graphics to support the facts. The movie provides insights into Gore’s upbringing and his sense of humor throughout. I must admit, I was expecting to be bored, but I was glued to my seat with interest.

As a Buddhist, this movie drove home the idea of “cause and effect” and “selflessness,” that what we do now has an effect on others. We may not be around to personally witness the effects first hand, but our children and their children will. It may be an “inconvenience” to recycle or to purchase a hybrid car as opposed to a slick sports car or SUV, but in being selfless, we can affect millions of lives. On the other hand, if global warming continues, the movie points out that not only will the heat waves we experience will be more frequent and more intense (doesn’t it seem like our summers are getting hotter every year?), but the number of deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years -- to 300,000 people a year. Also, by 2050, more than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction. As I look back on my reason for going to the movie (I was escaping the heat) it all makes sense to me!

During the movie, I laughed, I cried, and now, I’m taking a stand. If there’s one movie to see this year, An Inconvenient Truth is it. I encourage everyone to see the movie and to act on it.

Here are 10 things you can do to be part of the solution: 10 Things You Can Do.pdf

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