An Inconvenient Truth Discussion

by DrEmmaH on October 8, 2014 - 5:46am

You need to watch Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and discuss it with your UK/US group. Below are some questions to help kick start or guide your discussion. Following your disucssion you need to provide a summary of your disucssion (including key points, different perceptions of the film from the group members and what conclusions you agreed/came to) and post it on News Activist under this assignment. This will help you later in your graded assignment. 

  1. What are your initial views on an Inconvenient Truth?
    1. Do you personally agree?
    2. What are the feelings of the group?
    3. What areas did you and the group find most interesting & why?
    4. What, if anything, in the documentary surprised you & why?
    5. In what ways is this film of relevance to your degree?
  2. “This is really not a political issue so much as a moral issue. If we allow that to happen, it is deeply unethical.” Do you believe this is a moral issue? Is the continued increase in carbon dioxide pollution human activity deeply unethical? Explain & discuss your thinking.
    1. What do you think of the argument for global warming?
    2. Is it compelling?
    3. Do others find it compelling?
    4. Why might people not find it compelling, or compelling enough to take action?
  3. What impact has temperature change had on cities?
    1. What evidence have you seen in your area?
    2. What impact might this have on the energy (oil) industry?
  4. How do you think we should react to the information discussed in this documentary?
  5. Al Gore speaks about Humanity needing a jolt in order to take action. What do you think it might take for humanity to realise the issues and to take action?    
  6. Al Gore uses the analogy of smoking, in what ways is climate change different?
  7. The conflict between the economy and the environment is summarized in an image from a White House conference.
    1. What decisions do you think we are faced with?
    2. Do we have to choose between environment and economy?
    3. What options might “green” alternatives provide?
    4. What evidence have you seen in your area (as a result of learning, or what has happened in your local area)
  8. What are some good sources of information on climate change & why are these recommended?

Feel free to discuss any other areas of the film that you found interesting. 

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