Al Gore Releases 'An Inconvenient Sequel' for the Age of Trump

Al Gore Releases 'An Inconvenient Sequel' for the Age of Trump

The climate change documentary will tackle our era of falsehoods and climate change denialists.

The climate change documentary will tackle our era of falsehoods and climate change denialists.

Text: Thomas Freeman

In 2006, should-have-been President Al Gore released his sobering climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. The film was not meant to be politically contentious; it plainly presented the chilling facts on climate change to shake up the status quo and end our complacency.

Sadly, truth itself has become a political concept. Coinciding with the rise of “alternative facts,” Al Gore is combatting our era of falsehoods with a follow-up, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.

A trailer for the sequel recently debuted, and it casts Trump as the film’s chief villain. The trailer features an irate campaign speech from Trump, wherein he mocks climate change research. “It’s time to put America first. That includes a promise to cancel billions in climate change spending. Our plan will end the EPA.”

While the first film largely cast predictions, its sequel does not need to look so much to the future. We are already seeing the devastations wrought by climate change.

“The most criticized scene in the movie An Inconvenient Truth was showing that the combination of sea level rise and storm surge would flood the 9/11 Memorial site, and people said, ‘What a terrible exaggeration!’” Gore recalls, before the trailer cuts to scenes of the Memorial flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

But the sequel won’t just be more of Gore staring out the window of his private plane, speculating on the end of the world. The trailer has glimmers of optimism: scenes of mass mobilization, examples of a surge in green technology and footage of world leaders congregating to fight climate change (Hey, Justin Trudeau!).

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