Global Warming Reflection This paper will address the following questions based on the movie, “An Inconvenient Truth. ” It will provide a summary of the film. Additionally, it will describe feelings toward environmental and social implications regarding climate changes. It will answer questions regarding the global warming. Plus, it will recommend survival strategies for the here and now, and the future. Furthermore, it will give a summary of the whole global warming subject. Summary of movie and what it is about The Inconvenient Truth is a documentary film about global warming on planet earth.
The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim and presented by former United States vice president Al Gore. The purpose of the film is to educate the earth population about the dangers of global warming. The damage the people of earth are doing to the climate with regards to over population, plant factory chemicals, gas guzzling trucks, cutting trees, smoke decreasing the ozone layer, and not recycling. Al Gore provides examples and pictures regarding the effects of global warming on earth. For example, the melting of big chunks of ice, the sea level rises with the melting of the ice, and the earth becoming hotter.
Additionally, Al Gore provides information of the dangers the humans will receive if the climate gets warmer. Furthermore, the film shows helpful steps to take to have a greener earth and slow the global warming. Environmental and social implications regarding climate changes Climate changes are affecting the earth worldwide. According to Arctic Melt Unnerves the Experts article “The Arctic ice cap shrank so much this summer that waves briefly lapped along two long-imagined Arctic shipping routes, the Northwest Passage over Canada and the Northern Sea Route over Russia” (NY Times, 2007).
Ice glaciers are melting and sea levels are increasing. The climate change has produced many environmental disasters. The over population is sending people farther into the rain forests to build houses. For example, people have invaded the rain forests and are destroying many trees. Additionally, the warmer temperatures are increasing the changes of Tsunamis in Hurricanes in different parts of the world. In addition, many factories are polluting the environment with their deadly gases. The gases are destroying the ozone layer and the sun rays are doing more damage to the humans such as cancer.
Furthermore, the factory gases, agricultural sprays, smog from cars and many deadly toxics are increase the risks of cancers in humans and damaging the environment. The climate changes are changing the environment and how the people live their social lives. Questions regarding the global warming 1. Al Gore states that the burning of the rainforests contributes over 30 percent of the carbon dioxide to the Earth’s atmosphere. What are other implications and consequences inherent in the destruction of the global rainforests? What do you think could be done about this matter?
According to the movie, the consequences of destruction of rainforest are that as more trees are felled there will be fewer trees to remove the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The global carbon dioxide level will increase in the greenhouse effect. To avoid damaging rain forests globally, the governments around the world should create laws that can fine people who destroy the forests. 2. Al Gore uses a quote from Winston Churchill to warn about another impending disaster taking place in the 1930’s that is related to current public apathy about global warming.
What impending disaster was referred to in the quotation? According to the film, the impending disaster at the time was a WWII and the war would bring disaster to the earth world wide. On the other hand if the humans do not take steps to stop the global warming; it will bring disasters to the earth. 3. The Kyoto Accord was not signed by the United States and Australia. Why not? According to Alternate Energy Resources website, Australia and the USA. Both are major emitters of greenhouse gases, on a per capita basis.
The main argument of these countries was that to reduce emissions they would hurt their economies. 4. How can “peer reviewed” information about global warming in professional journals and information about global warming in the popular press can be reconciled? The peer reviewed information from journals and from popular press can be reconciled by exchanging info between the two. Additionally, freedom of speech should be another technique that should be used to merge the info. Some of the popular press does not want to publish global warning information because their superiors do not support it. . The plight of the polar bear related to global warming is all too evident. What other animals in the Artic Circle and Antarctica are endangered as the ice caps disappear? According to the movie An Inconvenient Truth, seals, penguins, wolves, land birds are endangered species in Arctic Circle and Antarctica. 6. At no time does Al Gore mention nuclear energy. Why do you think Al Gore avoids discussing this source of energy? How much energy in the United States is derived from nuclear energy? Find the nation that maximizes the use of nuclear energy?
According to Wikipedia, The United States produces the most nuclear energy, with nuclear power providing 19% of the electricity it consumes, while France produces the highest percentage of its electrical energy from nuclear reactors—80% as of 2006. 7. Al Gore mentions Carl Sagan several times. Who was he? According to Wikipedia, he was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. 8. Why does Al Gore use the term “canaries” to refer to the Article Circle and Antarctica in the context of global warming?
According to Marlon Lewis on the Al’s Gore science fiction article There are two places on Earth that serve as canaries in the coal mine—regions that are especially sensitive to the effects of global warming,” i. e. the Arctic and the Antarctic. In the Arctic, “Temperatures are shooting upward there faster than at any other place on the planet. ” 9. What is the difference between the Article Circle and Antarctica? According to David R. Cook, The Antarctic is a continent that just happens to be at the south-pole. There are ice sheets that extend out from the continent, making it appear larger than the actual land area.
The Arctic Circle is a bit different because much of that area is not composed of land, but of sea water and thick ice. The Arctic is virtually flat, whereas Antarctica has an unbelievable variety of relief, including some large mountain ranges. Plus, the Arctic and Antarctica result in some different weather at the two locations. Recommend survival strategies for the here and now, and the future The survival strategies for the here and now should be the same for the future. The number one goal for the humans should be to have a plan to decrease the warming weather; which is to create more green products that humans constantly use.
For example, using paper should be limited at offices and schools. Plastic bottles, bags, cans, and any item that needs to be recycled. As stated by the Overpopulation and Climate Change article “Approaches to achieving reductions include frugality; greater use of energy-efficient devices; carbon capture and sequestration; emission-neutral means of generation; rainforest protection; a levy on emissions (“carbon tax”); and the lease or purchase of emission rights by over-emitters from under-emitters (“cap-and-trade”)” (NY Times, 2010).
The government should create a law that demands people to recycle and fine if the people do not. Gas saving cars should be another example of the environment; no more gas guzzling cars. Plus, recycle any old cars that can damage the environment with smog should be dismantle. Additionally, factories that produce harmful gases to the environment such as the carbon dioxide should make a priority to reduce those gases annually. The United States and Australia should sign the Kyoto Accord and help reduce some of those deadly gases that affect the ozone layer.
If every country in the world reduced their gases and people start going greener; the climate change may take a step backward. The global warming can slow down and the colder weather can help restore the ice glaciers, reduce the sea levels and prevent any future disasters. The change in going greener and reducing the deadly gases and chemical will help the here and now people as well as the future. On the other hand, if the weather gets warmer the climate will cause more disasters and perhaps the future will not have more humans.
Conclusion In summary this paper addressed the following questions based on the movie, “An Inconvenient Truth. ” It provided a summary of the film. Additionally, it described feelings toward environmental and social implications regarding climate changes. It answered questions regarding global warming. Plus, it recommended survival strategies for the here and now, and the future. Furthermore, it gave a summary of the whole global warming subject.