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A global warning

The third movie I watch in a NZ theatre is “An Inconvenient Truth” (Climate Crisis http://www.climatecrisis.net/), after Munna Bhai Part 2 and Ata Whenua. The only reason I go to a theatre this time is because I get a free ticket. The Skycity theatre in Auckland reminds me of PVR in Bangalore – the red ambience and the lighting is so similar. Ever since I heard of the movie many months ago, I wanted to see it. I don’t know if it will be released in India. So I use the free ticket here to watch that must-see film.

For starters, it is a documentary by Al Gore about global warming, its disastrous effects and how to avoid it. The way he illustrates the catastrophic consequences interlaced with humour makes it very interesting. His use of statistics, graphics and cartoons in the slideshow or presentation tell the point. His intended audience is the US people who are the only other big country (apart from Australia) not to have ratified the Kyoto protocol. The US is the world’s largest emitter of Green House Gases. I doze off whenever he sidetracks with his personal history. He jibes at other politicians a little and calls for political will to solve the crisis. The damage that we humans have caused to the environment is very significant. The Stern report (at a glance here) is serious indeed. It highlights the environmental and economic impacts. Al Gore has been working on this issue for a very long time and will advise the British government with possible solutions.

But not everyone agrees to this portrayal of climate change. Bjorn Lomborg, the author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” opines on WSJ that the Stern report is flawed and the world has better priorities. Michael Crichton vehemently attacks this crisis as misleading in his novel, State of Fear. Also, a MIT professor says that there is no scientific consensus on the global warming crisis in his WSJ piece here. Politics and science cannot be mixed, they say. They do not refute most of the facts presented by the movie. So all I can do is protect the earth for our children, which seems a clinching argument.

As the movie says, the solution is in our hands. It is all about efficiency and a sense of thrift or carefulness we need to cultivate. Several tips to take action are here. They look like – use less hot water, recycle more, drive less and plant trees. You can also visit the Stop Global Warming site. I have seen that NZ (especially the YHA) is a pioneer in eco-sustainable activities. I learnt to be eco-sensitive more by seeing their work. Here I try to do my little bit by spreading the word around. I request my blogmates to link to this or write about it, maybe after watching the movie or reading the Climate Crisis site.

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  1. A
    2 December 2006 at 4:46 pm

    Hmm, ever since I read State of Fear I have been unable to take these doomsday theories too seriously. Still, as you say, it is necessary to be careful about how resources – that they are finite cannot be denied!

  2. 3 December 2006 at 8:26 am

    goodness, at least you commented on this. i haven’t read that novel yet. doomsday theories are not wrong per se, if they are backed by solid facts and not by mere predictions. there can be days when consensus can be absolutely wayward, but i tend to believe in the wisdom of the crowd for some cases like this.

    it’s about the uncertainty of what’ll happen post these changes. we won’t know and so we won’t care till it happens. a li’l sensitiveness to the ecosystem, which looks so delicately balanced, has to enter our ‘knowledgeable’ minds. the hottest years in recorded history have all been recent. in bangalore, you could feel every year the average summer temperatures have risen and the so-called salubrious weather remains a joke now. it’s strange that the tropical African and Asian countries will be affected largely to start with. i suggest that you read the links so that you are at least aware of the effects so far! but we’d be there to see most of the developments. we should not be caught napping by nature like the dinosaurs. 😉 😆

  3. A
    3 December 2006 at 11:29 am

    “but we’d be there to see most of the developments. ”

    Did you mean we would be there or not there? I guess the main reason people in general are not so ready to switch to a more energy efficient lifestyle is because there is no immediate huge impact (its like, so what if the temperature is a few degrees higher, I will just buy some more ACs) – most of the effects are long term (for e.g., the ice caps melting would flood the earth probably when none of us who are alive right now will be there to see it). Planning for a generation which is not even in existence as of even date is something which people will be quite happy to put off especially when it involves cramping their current lifestyle.

    Which does not mean I agree with the attitude. I am all for green earth, protecting the eco system and everything. And because of that, I am also for hyping up the scenario with doomsday predictions if at least that can wake up people to a threat which while somewhat far off is still quite real.

    In other words, I agree with your comment :-D!

  4. 4 December 2006 at 12:37 am

    at last, you agree! 🙂 i certainly think at this rate we might see some of the developments because they can see some of the antarctic ice sheet melting and they wonder about greenland! good gal, you keep the debate alive!

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