There’s a post up over on Slashdot about the movie "An Inconvenient Truth".
The scariest horror film of 2006 was a documentary.
The first thing everyone wants to know, or at least to argue about, is whether Al Gore has his facts straight. The short answer is yes, he does. There are minor errors. They don’t detract from Gore’s main point, on which the scientific debate has ended.
And the main point is scary, and almost too big to think about or talk about. The earth is warming, because of us. Sometime in the next hundred years, our environment is going to change in big ways. We can’t predict it with much accuracy yet, but the best estimates we have are that it’s going to be — measured in lives and dollars — really bad.
One of our parishioners here at the Cathedral in Phoenix has been "trained" in showing this film, and we’re having a viewing and discussion of it this coming Sunday after worship. (It seemed particularly appropriate to have this event on the Sunday where we focus our worship of the Reign of Christ.)
There’s been a number of papers published recently by scientists and economists as well about the extraordinary increase in cost to society that will be incurred by delaying any action. There’s been a concurrent increase in open discussion about this issue in the religious community – both on the "left" and the "right". In all cases there is very little serious opposition to the fundamental point; we need to action now and not later.
If you have seen the movie, what did you think of it? I’ve been asked to lead a discussion following the showing. Any things that I ought to particularly pay attention to?