Whether or not you believe in the ‘warming myth’ (hint: you should, ’cause it ain’t no myth), former US Vice President Al Gore has been preaching the negative impacts of climate change for over 30 years now.
In 2006, he released An Inconvenient Truth – a documentary that, in film form, showed his climate change presentation as he presented it to the groups he spoke to. It’s crazy to think that that film is now 11 years old.
In saying that, not much has changed since, save for that Gore is now calling the issue the ‘climate crisis’. While the first film catalogued Gore’s journey to spruik his cause, this second one focuses on his recruitment process, travelling around the US and teaching people how to act in his name.
The second half of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power shows Gore’s trip to Paris – including the 24 hour livestream that was interrupted by the sieges. It shows Gore and his team in the midst of the chaos and uncertainty surrounding what exactly is transpiring in the city – a similar analogy could be made for those watching this documentary, who are uncertain about climate change and what it means for the globe.
An Inconvenient Sequel is a heavy and sobering look at the impact that we as a race are having on the environment. It succeeds in showing (Americans at least) the close-to-home aftermath of climate change. Sea levels in Miami are rising to the point that they’re raising their streets. Louisiana was subject to flooding. If the first film was designed to raise awareness, the sequel – inconvenient or otherwise – is to remind anyone watching that it is affecting them. It’s as though you’re a child being scolded by a teacher for something you’ve drawn on with crayon; you think all hope is lost, then someone hands you a hairdryer.
During the preview screening, there were a lot of audible ‘oh!’s, and stunned silence in some of the more sobering parts. Potentially timely, as ice shelf Larsen C had broken off from Antarctica not a day before we saw this film, as a whole it presents Gore’s climate crisis as a digestible topic, which isn’t necessarily that easy to do.
In cinemas: August 10, 2017
Starring: Al Gore
Directed by: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk