'An Inconvenient Truth'
CANASTOTA, N.Y. - When former Vice President Al Gore lost the 2000 presidential race, he was devastated.
''It was a hard blow, but what do you do?'' he said in his documentary, ''An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning.''
''You make the best of it.''
And Gore has made the best of his time. In the past six years, he has been visiting lecture halls, classrooms and auditoriums around the world to talk to people about his research on global warming.
Gore said his presidential loss brought into clear focus the mission that he's been pursuing for years.
''An Inconvenient Truth'' has been called the must-see documentary of 2006 and for others it has been a wake-up call to the devastating effects of climate change. The documentary offers a message that global warming is real and is very dangerous.
''I've been trying to tell this story for a long time and I've felt that I've failed to get the message across,'' Gore said.
''An Inconvenient Truth'' provides a detailed look at global warming and shows how climate change has affected Mother Earth and how it could impact our future on this planet.
The documentary features Gore giving a slide show presentation to a packed auditorium. The slide show features years, if not decades, of research by Gore and top scientists from across the country. Gore said that he has given the slide show presentation at least a thousand times to people all around the world. Now, with the availability of the documentary on DVD, even more people have the chance to hear Gore's message.
''This is not a political issue; this is a moral issue,'' Gore said.
Gore said if he didn't lose the 2000 presidential race he would have never been able to devote his time to spreading the messages that ''An Inconvenient Truth'' explores.
During the 96-minute documentary, Gore explains the basic concepts of global warming, provides straightforward scientific evidence of what has happened because of climate change and explores the devastating reality of what will happen if action is not taken immediately.
''The things that we take for granted may not be here for our children,'' he said about the severity of the problem.
In the film, Gore frequently addresses the fact that many people and governments, including the U.S. government, have doubts of the severity of global warming. Gore addresses the counterarguments that skeptics have made and uses science to back up his arguments.
''It's extremely frustrating to me to communicate over and over again, as clearly as I can, and we are still, by far, the worst contributor to the problem,'' Gore said, referring to the United States. ''I look around and look for really meaningful signs that were about to really change; I don't see it right now.''
On the documentary's Web site, www.climatecrisis.net, many of the scientific facts from Gore's slide show presentation are given, including the fact that ''the average American generates about 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year from personal transportation, home energy use and from the energy used to produce all of the products and services we consume.''
The site allows consumers to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide they use in one year and gives tips on how each individual can make an impact of curbing the effects of global warming.
''Each of us is a cause of global warming, but each of us can make choices to change that,'' Gore said.