Dear Former Vice President Al Gore:
I was moved by this film 10 years ago and have not forgotten it. I just watched your documentary last night with my two children, and realized, we really need a sequel to this film. Too many people have forgotten. People have become too comfortable with global warming. As you mentioned, slow change is hard to see. It has been 10 since the release of your film, and it is time to share this story again.
We need to reverse this climate crisis for our children. Please do not let all that you worked so hard for be forgotten.
In my personal life, I do all that I can to reverse this climate crisis, from recycling, weatherization of my home, changing to LED lighting, solar electricity and green energy. I also work to promote green energy, but this is not enough. Clearly, not enough people care. Google Trends reveal America’s interest in environmentalism is declining at a rapid rate. It is not enough to just recycle. It is not enough to just change a light bulb. We need to change the public perception. We need to inform, educate, and create a public buzz about taking care of our Earth.
I urge you and your producers to make a sequel. Teach us what we can do. Inform us what will happen if we do not act now. Let us know that all our little efforts add up. Remember, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” – American Native…
Rachelle Lappinen, Green Energy Ambassador
I am writing to Former President Al Gore – urging him to make a sequel to his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” If you feel as I do, that we are borrowing this earth from our children, I urge you to write as well.
The 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth” was a huge success. It won an Oscar and Al Gore ultimately won the Nobel Prize. Why has there not been a sequel?
When asked about a sequel, the producer, Lawrence Bender told a Hollywood reporter “We’ve met; we’ve discussed. If we are going to make a movie, we want it to have an impact.”
Bender went on to cite arguments made by the fossil-fuel industry since the movie’s release 10 years ago – “They did a really good job of pushing back and confusing people… Some people actually believe that global warming does not exist.” Scott Z. Burns, another producer stated that he ” would only support doing a follow-up if we have a really, really amazing way of attracting the issue and reinvigorating it.”
Reinvigorating it? Why not partner with environmentally minded companies such as Sungevity, WasteZero, and New Belgium Brewing. When I think activism documentary, producer Michael Moore comes to mind, team up with this producer. Why not Collaborate with Environmental leaders such as Vicki Arroyo, James Balog, Dr. Guy McPherson and Sylvia Earle – all featured on “12 TED Talks to watch this Earth Day.”
The movie grossed $50 million dollars worldwide and won Academy Awards for best documentary, and Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Pease Prize in 2007. Yet despite these awards, the movie has been attacked for making insubstantial claims based on dramatic climate change – Insubstantial – how could a visual iceberg the size of Rhode Island melting in a matter of months be insubstantial.
Environmentalist Laurie David also believes a sequel is overdue: “God, do we need one. Everything in that movie has come to pass. At the time we did the movie, there was Hurricane Katrina; now we have extreme weather events every other week. The update has to be incredible and shocking.”
Remember – I don’t want to protect the environment, I want to create the world where the environment doesn’t need protecting – Dr. Guy McPherson.
Please join me, and write to Former President Al Gore – together we can reverse this climate crisis.
By day, Rachelle, working mother of two, serves as an education advocate and career advisor for MassEdCO. By night, Rachelle provided career consulting and works to promote green energy. When Rachelle is not writing her blog, advising her students, or coaching her clients, she enjoys camping and going to the theater with her two children.