By Trevor Stone
Al Gore is a well-known environmentalist and a former presidential candidate, but many of his claims about the proof of climate change have been nothing but criticized by the larger portion of politicians. “An Inconvenient Truth” is a documentary from 2006 that followed Al Gore as he would give speeches and power point presenation. Even back then the evidence was clear. The impact of our carbon emissions thicken our atmosphere and trap heat on our earth. If our civilization continues to ignore that climate change is a real issue, we will be doing nothing but setting our future up for destruction.
The documentary itself was well-organized and made its point clear. However, there were some parts that just didn’t seem relevant at all. The overall message that it is sending is what makes it so interesting. If you never really had an opinion on climate change before, you will after you see this.
“An Inconvenient Truth” has the ability to stun its audience. It makes you want to see Al Gore give the presentation in person. It makes you want to figure out solutions to climate change right in the instant you watch it. Everyone should watch this because it is a well-organized layout as to how climate change occurs and why it must be fought. There are several people today that believe it is a myth, but the evidence is right in front of us. If we want a sustainable future, then we need to act now.
The two biggest pieces of Gore’s evidence to whether or not climate change is real, were the two charts he displays. The first is the carbon emission putout throughout the years. Since 1958, it has consistently gone up. The second chart is the relationship between carbon emission levels and average global temperature. As the CO2 rises, so does the temperature. This has been clear for thousands of years.
As the temperature continues to rise, there will be an increase in dangerous storms, and certain areas will experience drought while others flood. There is no arguing that the more that there is human impact on our environment, the environment fights back. The more CO2 that is emitted into the atmosphere, the more the heat will cause environmental retaliation. What can we do to fight this?
The way to prevent further CO2 emissions is for citizens of the world to change their pollutant habits. Try to drive your car less, or try to use public transit more, or carpool. Avoid wasting electricity, leaving the water running, or keeping your air conditioner on when you’re away from home. As a government, there should be more regulation on carbon put-out in industries. Industrial impact is severe. The smokestacks are one of the biggest pollutants that emit the most carbon. If this can be monitored, carbon emission can be slowed down. The change we want to see in our environment starts with the people who inhabit it, us.