I caught the documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," about Al Gore and his ongoing crusade to raise awareness about the (horrifying) dangers of global warming. Although I've reviewed nearly 200 movies for the Palo Alto Weekly, it has been a long time since a film has left me feeling so frightened, so sad, and so furious all at once.
I attended the film with my father -- now 59 -- and we continued discussions about the picture throughout the afternoon. Although I'm single, I've met some wonderful women in my life and admit I'm getting ever closer to embracing the idea of family and breaking free of my long-appreciated "bachelorhood."
But what kind of world will my children grow up to see? What about my grandchildren? If the trend continues in our national government, and "priorities" such as banning same-sex marriage and launching questionable wars trump the planet's welfare, I'm convinced I shouldn't even have children because they'll be forced to grow up on an earth that's being torn apart, and they may not be able to survive.
The film made me want to change. To ride my bike more, use less electricity, and back leaders who value the planet that has provided us everything and asked nothing other than respect in return.
"An Inconvenient Truth" closes out with a photo taken of earth from space. The photo is taken from such a distance that the earth appears as little more than a blue dot -- a pixel surrounded by the vastness of outer space. Gore reminds us that all of the wars, all of the love, all of the feasts, all of the famine ... it happened here.
It's the only home we have.