Yesterday I was in pure bliss as my kids and I either biked, jogged or sat like Queen Elizabeth II in a double jog stroller (guess which one) down the lovely 1.6 miles plus of boardwalk trail that is Fort Island, a protected marsh in Ohio.
I was soaking up the unusually bright sun and temps that felt like 70 degrees or warmer and loving it...that is, till I got home and watched the DVD version of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It and learned why it's been so spankin' warm lately.
You can save all those jokes about old stiff Al Gore, this film version of An Inconvenient Truth is his slide show display alive with the true passion of what the man was born to do. I'm still glad I didn't vote for Gore in 2000 -- still glad ol' W was in office during 9/11 (not so much during Hurricane Katrina) -- but this movie shows a side of Gore that is both funny, dead serious and so vulnerable as he talks about nearly losing his 6-year-old son and losing his controversial run for the presidency.
The message that Al Gore transmits in An Inconvenient Truth is scary and apocalyptic, but a necessary evil that is hopeful if we turn ourselves around. Gore is all science and fun and wry, witty humor in this excellent presentation, but I couldn't help but think of this verse as Gore showed simulated images of Manhattan and the San Francisco Bay area under water:
"...if my people [hey, I just realized that means us Christians!], who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Rent or buy the DVD of An Inconvenient Truth for yourself ASAP. It convinced me not to replace our old 1995 gas guzzling Ford Explorer with a 2007 gas guzzling Ford Explorer. Guess I'll give up my Humvee wishes, too...
Now I don't have an ear like my hubby (who can pick out instrumental soundtracks like Crimson Tide just from the opening strains) but if you are, maybe you'll enjoy An Inconvenient Truth's soundtrack, which admittedly I don't remember much since I was so engrossed in the story:
Or if you'd rather cozy up with the paperback version of the book, here's happy reading to ya:
At the very least, check out a preview of the documentary that enjoyed THREE standing ovations at Sundance:
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