A summary of Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth'

by scotte8_1 on October 20, 2014 - 6:19pm

In terms of agreement with Al Gore’s Documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, our group came to agree with factual evidence shown by Al Gore, such as pollution statistics, political issue and concerns with the economy. There are a variety of issues that contribute to the increase in global warming especially human activity. However we came to realise that climate is also under the influence of natural activity that humans have no control over, this sparks the debate whether Global warming is really down to man-made technology. Our favourite part of the documentary was Al Gore’s use of comparing imagery of glaciers at least 5 decades ago to, recent pictures of the landscapes as it highlights fast melting effecting places such as Greenland, Northern Alaska and specifically Antarctica. This documentary is highly relevant to Oil Gas and Energy management as it investigates climate change and promotes our use of renewable energy, as fossil fuels appear to be the main cause of global warming it’s important for our generation to work on improving renewable energy sources to help the growing demand on fossil fuels caused by population growth. Furthermore Al Gore presented issues oil industries would face with the increase in global warming, for example when transporting Oil through trucks, frozen stable ground is essential for movement and transportation was carried out at least 275 days a year, however this has now dropped drastically as spring comes earlier and autumn comes later. Majority of the group regarded it as unethical to increase carbon dioxide as we can see it is having a clear effect on the environment, showing that it is also a political issue, as many politicians are not abiding by the’ Precautionary Principle’. Despite this we found that there were negative views within our group on Al Gore’s documentary as computer analysis of statistics may not be accurate, since nature is not in human control who are we to say  that the environment can change for the better on its own and in its own time.


Well done group 1. You provide some good reflection on the film and your views on its content and its relationship to your degree. While good academic practice is to review both sides of the argument (as you do by looking at the natural causes of climate change), I'd like to see you provide more supporting evidence and weigh the balance of human vs. natural forcing. I'd also like to see some reflection of how UK vs. US views differ on the issue of climate change. Please post a few sentences of the US/UK views on climate change by adding a comment to this thread for example did you agree about human vs. natural climate change?

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I am 18 years old and from Hartlepool in the north east of England. I am studying oil, gas and energy management at Coventry University. At home I played rugby for my local team and ran track regularly, sports are my main interests.