I just watched An Inconvenient Truth; I know, I'm a bit behind the times. Mr. Gore both impressed and convinced me, but of course it isn't only his data that he's presenting in the movie; he compiled it with the help of scores of scientists worldwide.
This isn't a political blog, but it is a literary one. The movie struck me in its implicit commentary about humanity--commentary that was both positive and negative. Certainly, Gore tells his viewers at the end of the movie, there is hope. We may have created the problem, but we can fix it.
I was reminded of this wonderful poem by John Hall Wheelock, which seems a bit more prescient with each passing year:
by John Hall Wheelock
"A planet doesn't explode of itself," said drily
The Martian astronomer, gazing off into the air--
"That they were able to do it is proof that highly
Intelligent beings must have been living there."
(image: NASA "Images for the Classroom")