Sunday, August 06, 2006

Inconvenient truth at the Melbourne Film Festival

Last night I went along to the Melbourne International Film Festival at the Regent Theatre to watch Al Gore’s compelling slide show on global warming made into a documentary by Davis Guggenheim. It is, as Gore says “a moral issue”, and the film should be seen widely. It left me asking questions such as what more can we do. Raising awareness about the urgency of the issue is the least we can do. A few edubloggers (including Chris Lehmann) are commenting on this and as George Couros says: “I would suggest that ALL people see this movie, no matter what your political beliefs are; it is important to learn about what we are doing to a place that has done so much for us.” Hear, hear.

5 comments:

  1. We can't wait to use the movie in the classroom next year. Given that we're a science and technology school, we want to use the movie as a school-wide discussion topic about global warming and the process of scientific discovery and intersection of science and politics.

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  2. you certainly have to leave the politics behind, it was floating everywhere in the documentary, even though i felt an attempt to make it more subtle on the director's behalf. Nevertheless, a very very important documentary, so much so it deserves the attention of the world. Depressing too.

    How will our survival instincts balance out with everything else? It is natural that we fear being extinct, but the question is, is this wrong impossible to undo? how late are we? The world is in disequilibrium on so many levels, as it has been forever, but this crisis out of them all convinced me we won't live half as long as the sun.

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  3. you certainly have to leave the politics behind, it was floating everywhere in the documentary, even though i felt an attempt to make it more subtle on the director's behalf. Nevertheless, a very very important documentary, so much so it deserves the attention of the world. Depressing too.

    How will our survival instincts balance out with everything else? It is natural that we fear being extinct, but the question is, is this wrong impossible to undo? how late are we? The world is in disequilibrium on so many levels, as it has been forever, but this crisis out of them all convinced me we won't live half as long as the sun.

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  4. you certainly have to leave the politics behind, it was floating everywhere in the documentary, even though i felt an attempt to make it more subtle on the director's behalf. Nevertheless, a very very important documentary, so much so it deserves the attention of the world. Depressing too.

    How will our survival instincts balance out with everything else? It is natural that we fear being extinct, but the question is, is this wrong impossible to undo? how late are we? The world is in disequilibrium on so many levels, as it has been forever, but this crisis out of them all convinced me we won't live half as long as the sun.

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  5. Disappointing to read that the “An Inconvenient Truth” DVD declined by Mobil Exxon funded Science teachers in the US:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/24/AR2006112400789_pf.html

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