An Inconvenient Truth Discussion Essay (brought to you by Group 4)
by naydenop on October 20, 2014 - 12:30pm
After watching “An Inconvenient Truth”, we realized certain facts, that we have not previously considered. Human kind has evolved so much for the past few decades. Since the “Industrial Revolution”, we have made amazing technological and scientific breakthroughs, such as space travel, vaccines for otherwise terminal diseases and, of course, wireless technology. The aforementioned have enabled us to prosper, as a species, and go beyond boundaries, previously unreachable. Our progress is not correlated only to technology, but we also have become a much more social world, focusing not only on ourselves, but the collective world.
Like the saying goes – “Everything has its price”. After the “Industrial Revolution” there was a boom both in technological breakthroughs and population growth. With population growth and an increasing standard of living, global energy consumption rises as well. With that being said - our CO2 emissions have increased more than fifteen times to the present day, due to the “dirty” sources of energy we have been using to this day. They have increased enough to actually make an impact on our planet. In the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, nobel-prize-winner Al Gore, brings to the table present day issues resulting from climate change, as well as future projections of the consequences climate change could bring.
After watching the documentary, our group had a thorough discussion on the problems it addresses and the solutions it brings. In our opinion, Al Gore has succeeded in getting the attention of the public, which is the first step to an actual change. He presented the moral issue, of us knowing about global warming, and that it is caused mainly by our actions, but somehow people manage to ignore the problem. In a way, people care about themselves, but not about the environment, not realizing that our wellbeing and the environmental health are closely tied together, maybe closer than anything else.
We realize that our course, and corresponding energy industry, is the main cause of climate change. We, as future figures in the energy business, are responsible for the impact on our planet. Therefore, it is our obligation, to work towards low-carbon sources of energy, such as wind, solar, nuclear power and other “greener” alternatives. We, as inhabitants of this planet, have to improve not just our economic growth, because you cannot have good economics, without a planet to live on. Outdated fossil-burning sources of energy have to be slowly reduced and eventually decommissioned. That, we believe, is the way towards a brighter and greener future.
Although, a significant amount of data is evident to climate change, we can agree that there has been almost no media coverage on the subject. As it is mentioned in the documentary – 53% of mass media articles contradicted the existence of global warming up until 2004. That opposed to 0 out of 928 scientific articles written on the subject, gives us the idea that public awareness on the subject is not in the best interest to major oil and energy companies. If more light was shed on the matter, that would mean more CO2 emission restrictions, thus turning lower profit margins for energy conglomerates. Through lobbyists in governments, companies have managed to slow down the transition to cleaner energy. But with the power of the internet and social networking, more and more people are becoming familiar with facts and figures related to climate change.
Mankind is facing an ultimatum – economic stability or environmental health. Al Gore explains that if we choose one, we lose the other. The truth is that fossil fuels have “grown on us”- we use them to power our cars, homes, factories, also to make all kinds of plastics and electronics. Apparently our transition from fossil fuels to clean energy will not be neither easy, nor rapid. Nonetheless we should keep working in that direction, not only for our sake’s but also for the future generations.