Inconvenient Truth Questions (Group 4)

by adigiaco on November 29, 2014 - 5:31pm

Group 4 Answers

Inconvenient Truth Questions

Due: October 20, 2014


1.     Our view on the Inconvenient Truth was that we found it very interesting and we agreed with most of the things that Al Gore said about how we are affecting the environment as well as the ways we can decrease our ecological footprint on the environment. We thought the charts on how our era had the most impact on the environment were interesting because every chart showed our century going above and beyond the set the point of what we should be at. At the same time this didn’t really surprise us because we are becoming more technologically advanced and we are trying to keep up with the population growth. The more people on earth, the more resources are needed to keep them alive. The documentary brings up some important issues on climate change, and our impact on planet Earth. Although it is not entirely scientifically accurate, it manages to get the message through to the public, thus raising public awareness. All of the group members agreed with the film. The part we found most interesting, was when Al Gore laid out the countries, which are leading in global pollution. He mentioned the USA, also India, China, and Europe.



2.     This is relevant to our degrees because it discussed issues about the environment, the ways people are affecting the environment, and ways to decrease our impact on the environment. We want to decrease the impact of humans on the environment and decrease the amount of greenhouse gasses in the air, making the way we do things more "green" or less harmful towards the environment. For one of our group members, Marine biology/Zoology is a degree, so the video shows the impact of our decision not only in the environment we live in but all other environments as well. The film presented how fossil-burning sources of energy impact the Earth. In our course, we learn about renewable and also about fossil-burning energy. So the film gave us a clearer view on the changes the energy sector could bring. We, as future energy managers, will be responsible for bringing a “greener” future to mankind.


3.      This issue is not moral, and the continued increase in carbon dioxide pollution human activity is not unethical. It is not moral because there is charts, graphs, and pictures of how climate change is changing the entire world. An example would be the ice caps, they are melting because the earth is heating up from climate change and the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. We also think that it is indeed unethical, to know and see the consequence of our actions, and still continue to pollute at almost the same pace. It is a collective responsibility, from the government to the people and also the corporations, to act on the issues at hand.



4.     0% of people disagreed, 53% mass media articles disagreed. Scientific thinking most likely has advanced since 2004, so they probably have found some ways to decrease the impact of humans on the environment. But also, scientists probably believe that climate change is less of an impact now and we have decreased this.


5.      Since the economy is in debt, they will do anything to help us get out of that debt. An example would be natural gas and hydro fracking. By drilling for natural gas, the economy will not have to pay other countries for natural gas, but hydro fracking causes environmental problems. Another example would be building houses for the billions of people on earth, and as population continues to grow, more and more homes will be built. To build homes, you need resources such as land and wood. The wood comes from cutting down forests, which are habitats for animals. The more people living on earth, the more taxes being brought into the economy. Basically, we are faced with an ultimatum, between economic stability or a healthy environment. If we choose one, we lose the other. Ultimately, a choice has to be made, because time is running out. Al Gore points to the problems and causes of climate change, but does not really bring any solutions. For example, renewable energy is not sufficient enough for our rapidly-growing population, and at this point we cannot significantly reduce our fossil-burning sources of energy. 






Really in depth answers. I believe that as a whole the issue is a moral one because we morally need to feel the need to make the changes in order to save our planet. Just because we are advancing as a civilization, we morally need to think about other living creatures on this earth and our environment. The key to our survival and prosperity goes hand in hand with the health and well being of our environment and all its inhabitants.

About the author

My name is Alyssa DiGiacomo. I am from a small town called Horseheads, NY which is in Upstate NY between Elmira,NY and Corning, NY. I live off campus and i get to school by driving.