An Inconvienient Truth


artist
on Jan 07, 2007 @ 08:12 pm

Anyone seen this one yet? I saw it a few nights ago, quite an eye opener for those who did not know about this.
It was interesting and boring at the same time, Al Gore did much, much talking.
I found it was not as much an eye opener, I have been learning and discussing global warming for so many years in school. I remember learning about this back in elementary school and high school.
What do you all think?
It is about time that society gets educated on an issue like this.
What I find is that politicians don't do anything about issues unless it actually starts to effect us (i.e. rain and unusually high temperatures in January in Toronto, natural disasters across the world, polar bears drowning *sniff)

Global warming is quite an issue. What to do...?
 


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MizzRobin
Inconvenient Truth... on Jan 08, 2007 @ 10:41 am

I know! I saw this movie last week and although it was not a huge eye opener for me in terms of what is going on with the environment, the examples on ocean currents and the gravity of the current situation did make things a bit clearer in terms of what we are dealing with. I have told most people I know to watch this movie...got into a few 'heated' discussions with people who thought that global warming is just a myth. Sheesh!
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mamaluv
this is my thing on Jan 09, 2007 @ 11:22 am

I have a degree in Env. Science. It drives me nuts when people deny the trend of climate change. "Ooh, what about that horrible winter we had last year!"

The problem is that "global warming" is misleading because many scientists theorize that after this period of increased temperature we may go into an ice age. A better descriptor is climate change, which few can deny. The increase in hurricane activity, polar cap melting, glacier retreat, drought, etc., combined with changes in animal behaviour is all indicative of some type of change. Yes, it's getting warmer right now and who knows where this will lead.

The point is that humans are having an enormous effect on the environment and it will be our fault, whatever the outcome is. But until that day, we see extinction rates 100X higher than 100 years ago, massive coral dieoff, and other events of concern. Something's happening people.

Good that Al's getting the word out. I wonder how many of those people who deny that things are happening have any education in this area. Some write me off as a bleeding heart treehugger, but that's only because they don't want to stop driving their bigass Hummer and putting out 4 huge bags of garbage each week. They try to deflect from their own behaviour by stomping on someone else.
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artist
Yay, we are all on the same page! on Jan 09, 2007 @ 04:40 pm

Girls, I am so glad to be able to have this discussion! I find that there still too many people out there who just don't give a dam about environmental issues, and their response is always somewhere along the lines of, "It will be my children's children's problems." I hate that! We are dealing with this NOW.

Mamaluv, where did you go for environmental science? Funny, because when I was applying to university 3 years ago, this was one of my degree options! (But I didn't end up going that way). I'm happy to find someone passionate about these issues as myself.

Good for all of us for caring and keeping an open-mind. Treehuggers unite!
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MizzRobin
Finally! on Jan 09, 2007 @ 04:52 pm

Yes finally someone to discuss this with that feels that it is something that should be dealt with. As I was saying I had a couple heated discussions with people who thought the movie only showed one side (the people who think global warming is an issue). I argued back that irregardless as to how soon it is all going to happen the point of the movie is to ACT NOW TO PRESERVE LATER. The argument kept going because he thought that it is 'not as bad' as people say and I say irregardless it is an issue and should be dealt with before our children or children's children have no liveable planet to call home!!!
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Ali de Bold
We're definitely on the same page on Jan 09, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

I'm extremely worried about this. It's so good to see you guys feel the same. I think that the US and Canadian governments aren't doing enough about it. Considering we are the largest contributors to global warming it disgusts me that the Kyoto protocol was ignored and there hasn't been any new legislation to make the general public make any changes to help solve the problem.

In our home, we've started buying more energy efficient light bulbs and making sure we don't keep on unnecessary lights. We also walk to work work + school or take the subway vs, using my old car (our next car will be a hybrid or something forsure). We always recycle too. I'm always appalled when I see people throw recylables in the garbage.

I really think the key is for us to make changes to our lifestyles individually rather than waiting for the government to pass new laws.
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MizzRobin
Many small changes equal a big impact...eventually! on Jan 10, 2007 @ 04:19 pm

I completely agree that it all starts with baby steps on the individual's part toward preserving the environment. I also use energy efficient lightbulbs and recycle everything recyclable. Many people my age still toss cans in the garbage and I just don't get it! I've even seen small private companies not offer an option to recycle! It is appalling. It's not necessarily correct that the government wait for the people to get serious about the environment but it has to start somewhere and since we cannot force governments to change their policies right away, we can start with ourselves today!
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mamaluv
to answer your question, Artist... on Jan 12, 2007 @ 08:43 pm

I took my degree at U of Manitoba. Not because it was necessarily my first choice but my husband had a job in Winnipeg so it was the easiest thing. They recently moved the ES program into its own Faculty of Environment. Lots of good stuff going on over there, lots of potential. Some great profs too.

For the rest of you, I see we are kindred spirits! The thing that gets me is that certain, small measures could be done by everyone with minimal effort that wouldn't cost one penny yet would make already a big difference. For example, recycling, turning off lights, turning down the thermostat a few degrees when you're away at work, using epost, combining a few errands into one trip so you're not driving around every day, using public transport/bicycle/walking once in a while... All these things so easy to incorporate into your everyday life and maybe even save you money. You don't have to go crazy (like me) and try to do everything, but at least do something. People are so dumb.
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