Have We Learned Anything Since ‘An Inconvenient Truth’?


Seven years ago, a former Vice President of the United States—who some people were still arguing was the rightful resident of 1600 Pennsylvannia Avenue—found himself on the big screens of the world's multiplexes, giving what has arguably become the most famous PowerPoint presentation ever. 

In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore opened the world’s eyes to climate change and sparked a worldwide conversation that continues today. Five million people from Tokyo to Times Square went to see the film in the theaters, and more than 180,000 copies of the companion school curriculum were downloaded from the Internet. Today, students in five countries—England, Scotland, Germany, New Zealand and the Czech Republic—and one Canadian province (British Columbia) are shown AIT as part of their secondary school studies. But has the world learned anything?

For the film’s seventh anniversary, TakePart is asking, “What do we know now that we didn’t know then?” to keep the spotlight on this evolving and accelerating threat.

Today we launch a five-part series that answers that question on a number of fronts. In the opening story, we take a look back at seven years of developments on the political, scientific, and cultural fronts. Tomorrow, we look at the role climate change played in recent extreme weather events. On Wednesday, we'll see if global warming is the ultimate firestarter. Thursday's story takes a look at what the melting polar ice of the world might be telling us. And on Friday we'll wrap up by asking: So what's next? 

We're also really excited that Al Gore and Jeff Skoll, the Executive Producer of the film (and TakePart's founder) are hosting a Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, offering a critical update on the film’s impact and answering your questions about our environment’s dangerous and changing state.

Alongside all of this, several people on the frontlines of the fight against climate change, including Michael Brune of the Sierra Club, Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney (Ret.) of the American Security Project, John Cook of Skeptical Science, and Amanda Andersen of the Union of Concerned Scientists have contributed their own thoughts on the state of the movement, and what the world should be doing right now. 

You can find the entire series on the An Inconvenient Truth page here at TakePart. And let us know in the comments below whether you think the world has learned anything from An Inconvenient Truth

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