Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Last weekend, while laid up in the house with a knee injury my friend Jen brought over some movies and we watched the movie "An Inconvienient Truth" featuring former Vice President Albert Gore Jr.

In spite of the surprising outakes from Futurama, it was a worthwhile movie to watch. It is especially valuable as a DVD because you can talk to each other and to Al (even though he is not listening) about what is being said. We both thought that Al's personal story was a rather lame insertion into the documentary and wish he would not have included it.

He makes the very clear argument that global warming is not in any way even debated in scientific circles, but rather it is assumed as a known fact. Statistically he shows how this bears out. For the most part I agree with him here, except that the scientific world can be elitist and often does not accept divergent opinions in its most elite magazines. What I found ironic is that after this they show him in some gas guzzling, high emisssions vehicle lecuring us about global warming. This seemed a little hypocritical to me.

The arguments about the melting of ice caps was also compelling as you watched ice melting into the ocean. Gore showed how glaciers kept time in years like trees, and how scientists can notice the significant difference in the health of the ice in Antartica after the Clean Air Act was passed.

I catalogued a few quotes here from the movie that I thought were good and well-researched.

Since the movie, I have been rethinking the relationship between the Christian faith and the environmental movement, and hope to share more in the next few days.


Oricon Ailin said...

I am so sorry to hear about your knee injury, Clint. I hope you are feeling better soon.

I can't stand Al Gore, so I probably wouldn't watch it. But, the problems with our environment is something that scares me. I can't believe what we have done to ourselves and this beautiful planet. It's so sad.

I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Christianity and our environment.

San Nakji said...

Actually the scientific community is not elitist as you say. They are open to criticism and self critique all the time. I recommend reading the magazine New Scientist, it's a great window onto the science world.