“When is the sun coming up today?” – Al Gore
When I lived in Hang Zhou, China I couldn’t answer this question. Some days you could see blue sky but most days a thick layer of smog covered our view of the sun.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is a story about hope and despair. There is no longer a pressing need to convince the world that climate change is real. Wild storms, rising sea levels and severe droughts have provided more than enough evidence to verify climate scientists’ predictions. What the world needs now is hope.
Despite major setbacks in the decade since An Inconvenient Truth was released, the environmental movement has witnessed a significant shift in momentum. The agreements in Paris signaled to markets around the globe that the status quo of growth at any costs is being disrupted. China’s surge in solar production and closure of hundreds of coal plants has given the country a head start to leading the global mindset shift. Cities around the world are launching initiatives to increase clean energy infrastructure and improve public transportation to reduce their carbon footprint.
Fight like the world depends on it. Because your world does depend on it.
Al Gore leaves the audience with a clear call to action: use this momentum to hold our politicians to their promises made in Paris in 2016 (keep the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees about pre-industrial levels). This means voting, buying and living in a way that reduces your carbon footprint and signals to politicians and economists that we are demanding a new status quo. The days of being dependent on non-renewable, dirty fossil fuel are over.