Dr. Jim Stevenson and the mayor of North Van presented Al Gore's slide show (not the movie.) The slide show is interesting because it was customised by Stevenson for local content. We also took the Revived Battery electric pickup, which was displayed outside Capilano College's theater, and seemed to inspire lots of young people, as you'll see in these video clips.
My nerves must have paid off. Things went smoother last night at the premiere of our Can you handle the Truth about climate change? at the Ridge Theatre.
The rain and traffic were a challenge, so I appreciate everyone persevering to make it out and I look forward to their feedback.
All in all, I think it wasn’t bad for a show we cobbled together in a few weeks, and I’m getting more comfortable with the content. Though we started a bit late, I watched the clock so we could get to questions.
So it was a big night for An Inconvenient Truth at this year’s Academy Awards. Gore got a few trips to the podium, first as a presenter and then when “An Inconvenient Truth” got its statue for best documentary. As for the best song win, well, I don’t know about you, but I must say I didn’t see that one coming. Overall, with billions watching around the world you couldn’t ask for a better way to get the climate change crisis message out, except for maybe the Superbowl. Well, maybe next year.
After seeing “An Inconvenient Truth”, I was chatting with my friend Robert Safrata about the film and its impact on me; people I know and love – people I can put my arms around -- will be deeply impacted by global warming. Did I really want my grandchildren and their grandchildren wondering why my generation knew about this problem and did nothing? Suddenly, I felt like I should do something. I just wasn’t sure what I could do.
There are things I depend on in this life – Sunday night dinners with the family; that the Rolling Stones will live to tour again, and that my grandkids can ski the Helm Glacier.
If you had asked me years ago if I thought global warming or climate change was real I would have said “sure”. If you had asked me “when?” I probably would have guessed a hundred, maybe a thousand years from now. I mean, the Helm Glacier isn’t going anywhere soon, right?