An Inconvenient Truth, by Davis Guggenheim Essay

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The evidence that we have reached an ecological tipping point is incontrovertible. Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth presents the current situation of our environment, as well as its potential future, by utilizing footage from Al Gore’s traveling slideshow presentation interspersed with interviews of the man who “used to be the next president of the United States of America.” While Gore may give this self-description jokingly, this is undoubtedly a political film, not lacking political bias. At its core however, this is a film that addresses a lack of government honesty and responsibility. This is a film that forces the viewer to question why they have not been informed of carbon dioxide emissions before. While an abundance of …show more content…
The idea that Earth, the only habitable location for humans, is worth preserving is further reinforced by a personal story of Gore’s. An emotional retelling of Al Gore’s son’s near-death experience after being run over by a car immediately draws the audience in. This is one of the many emotion-inducing images used throughout the film. This glimpse into one of the most painful moments of Gore’s personal life makes him relatable while also driving home the point that gratitude and obligation are often realized when faced with the possibility of loss. Guggenheim makes his most poignant analogy between global climate change and Al Gore’s personal life with a story of the tobacco industry. As a tobacco grower, Gore’s father and many others continued to deny and ignore the scientific evidence regarding the dangers of tobacco, primarily because it would have affected their primary source of income. This changed, however, when Al’s older sister, Nancy, died from lung cancer. As Gore states, it is very clear that sometimes it takes too long to “connect the dots.” However, this analogy applies on another level: most individuals will not take action unless they are affected by an issue personally. Gore has realized this fact and is urging citizens to recognize that events like global climate change are pervasive and local. These emotional analogies are the best resource Guggenheim has; he employs them to form this

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