It’s 2007 and I’m watching a very scary movie.
I sit on a folding chair in a local “art house” that shows movies that may not get to a big screen.
In this horror movie there are no zombies, aliens, or monsters destroying our planet.
This movie shows that WE (humans of the 21st Century) are the monsters destroying the Earth.
I watch as (in his words) “the former next President of the United States,” Al Gore gives the scientific facts about what was then called “Global Warming.” I learned that changes in the earth’s atmosphere, caused by our over-dependency on fossils fuels, could make our planet’s climate very different, causing decreased food supply, increase in major storms and the subsequent death of our species.
The movie was met with a lot of derision, from citizens, politicians and big oil companies. The derision continued years later as noted in a Wikipedia post:
On February 26, 2015, Senator Inhofe (R-OK) brought a snowball to the Senate floor and tossed it before delivering remarks in which he said that environmentalists keep talking about global warming even though it keeps getting cold.
The president at the time even called climate change a “hoax.”
It’s been eight years since the Senator’s grandstanding and eighteen years since “An Inconvenient Truth” was shown to the public. However, that inconvenient truth seems to be coming true with stronger, more frequent storms and elevated, deadly temperatures worldwide. This year the world has faced the highest temperatures ever recorded. Wildfires and the pollution that comes with such fires are occurring in many countries — with some, like the recent devasting fire in Maui, made even worse by high winds from an ocean storm.
The oceans are warming which could cause extinction of many sea animals and changes in currents, like the Gulf Stream. These changes could cause a drop in temperatures to certain areas, bringing on a new Ice Age.
Glaciers are melting and the Antarctic and Artic ice is melting, which will cause a rise in sea levels. Permafrost is also melting, bringing out new bacteria and viruses that have lain…