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We finally watched the Al Gore movie, An Inconvenient Truth. My opinion of him is more positive after seeing the movie than it ever was before.
The science he shares seems sound. The predictions he makes are astounding.
He said that while 100% of the scientific journals examined in one study supported the position that the climate crisis is real, only 58% of popular media takes that stance.
No wonder we are confused.
Sam watched the movie with us. He said that when Gore showed the impact the melting of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica could have, it made him a little scared. Billions of people live in areas they showed would be covered by water.
While I was impressed with the entire movie, my favorite part was the closing credits.
I love the song Melissa Etheridge wrote for the movie.
If you haven't yet, play it. The chorus reads:
I need to move.
I need to wake up.
I need to change.
I need to shake up.
I need to speak out.
Some thing's got to break up.
I've been asleep and I need to wake up.
While she sings, the credits list things each of us can do to stop the climate crisis. Additionally, the website has six pages of suggestions. But here are some of my favorites:
If you are a parent, join with your children to save the world they live in.
Put your knowledge into action.
Lots of trees.
When you can, walk or ride a bike.
Require lower emissions from automobiles.
Speak up in your community.
Vote for leaders who pledge to solve this crisis.
Write to Congress.
If they don't listen,
run for Congress.
If you believe in prayer,
pray that people will find the strength to change.
As an old African proverb says, "When you pray, move your feet." (photo credit)