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An Inconvenient Sequel: truth to power

Tracey Fox

4 Stars

 

MENTION climate change in a conversation, and you never quite know what reaction you will get.

The two passionate camps of the issue of global warming are deeply entrenched, and can get into heated opposition.

Which makes documentaries like An inconvenient sequel that much more important.

The first edition of American ex-vice president Al Gore’s save the world campaign An inconvenient Truth (2007) received mixed reactions, essentially giving those with concern for the planet’s future something to point to that backed their beliefs, and giving the other side something to sneer and belittle.

In a world ten years later, it seems almost ridiculous that no lessons seemed to have been learned and, in fact, there is a massive tilt toward not investing in renewable energy sources and going back to the good old days of coal.

This is not my soap box but sitting through this second film, I watched  as Al Gore calmly laid it all out yet again, and pointed back to his fears for the planet with factual documentation of the exponential rise in floods, and fires and natural disasters in general that have happened since 2007.

An inconvenient sequel explains essentially why nothing has changed and the powers behind the disturbing trend of politicians around the world denying global warming, and as you can imagine, it is all about the money.

You just have to switch on any form of media and be swamped with images of devastation, third world poverty and destructive “acts of God”.

Trump is off playing golf all day and furiously tweeting his midnight thoughts to the world, sadly people are just so over it all, the apathy is profound.

Caught up in the rat race as we all are, it is easy to close your mind to the world and accept the status quo.

This documentary does well to pace the viewer through the decade as Al Gore continues to try to make a difference.

Towards the end you can almost feel a soothing sense of hope for the future.

However, the last part of the film feels like it was hurriedly tacked on when the world went crazy and America voted in a reality TV shmuck to run the circus.

That little surprise probably threw production into a spin for a week or so but ironically it tied the film together at the end.

Whether you believe in climate change or not, everyone should take the whopping 99 minutes to watch this film, if only to make an informed decision with quite a bit of science and evidence and a whole bunch of integrity.

With crossed fingers and a quiet thought to the planet we call home, I would like to think this second attempt to shake a few people awake; to consider how fragile our world really is, and maybe starting a conversation about these issues to get people talking.

There still is hope, it is not the end of the world…yet.

About Tracey Fox

For the past eight years Tracey has been the smiling face at reception. She takes care of the classifieds and trades and services sections for the paper but she is also our reviewer. For the past seven years her movies, books, theatre and food reviews have entertained our readers. She loves the fact the Echo is a small paper and its staff have a genuine interest in local issues because they are locals. Tracey says it is great working at a paper she wants to read.

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