To escape the soaring temperatures on Sunday, I went to the movie theater to see a film about global warming.
Standing in line, everyone seemed aware of the heat. "It's 110 in Livermore and 140 degrees in Iraq today," one young man commented. Another man said that while driving to see this film, his car thermometer registered 108 degrees outdoors.
So the recent week-plus heat wave may have made us all particularly alert to the message in Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth." Global warming is occurring, and at an alarming rate. The photos of the disappearing snow-capped mountains worldwide was quite convincing.
I certainly perked up when Gore talked of the melting glaciers and ice formations around Antarctica that could result in a 20 foot increase in the oceans and seas. He showed the effect these rising waters would have on parts of the world, including the San Francisco Bay. I watched the simulated waters slowly overtake the land around the Bay. At 10 percent I began to worry, at 15 percent I would be the home owner of Bay front property, and at 20 percent my whole neighborhood would be gone, as would most of all the neighborhoods east of Alma Street. And I'm not even living in the flood plain.
I came out a convert, not that I was a disbeliever to begin with. Global warming is occurring, and as a country we need to do what we can to halt it, since the United States contributes to 30 percent of the global warming problem.
I didn't grill outside last night, and I turned out most of my lights. Every little bit helps.