Monday, June 05, 2006

I Was Hopeful, Then I Was Pissed

I saw An Inconvenient Truth this weekend and I have to say, for a movie that is basically a lecture complete with graphs and charts, it’s interesting, entertaining and the time went by surprisingly fast.  I highly recommend that everyone go see this film.  Not only is it a good movie, by supporting it we can all make sure that it secures wider release and the more people that see it, the better off we will all be.

I was a little afraid that I would walk out of the theater depressed and frightened, but instead, I walked out feeling motivated to reduce my carbon footprint and encouraged that something can be done to change the destructive course we are now on.  But the next morning when I woke up, I was pissed.  It reawakened my anger at how Bush came to, and has held onto, his power and re-ignited my rage at the media that not only allowed it to happen, but that has done everything in their power to ensure it.

One of the statistics from the movie that I found most striking was that there is zero disagreement about the cause of global warming in the scientific community, yet over half of the stories on global warming from our lapdog press suggest that there is.  That really is shocking, and it reaffirms my belief that THE biggest problem we are facing as a nation is the leash around the neck of the press that is being held tight by corporate owners.  Everything can be traced back to that.  The truth of the 2000 election that was covered up by our media, the stolen 2004 election that is still being covered up, the NSA domestic spying that is being rationalized away and the Iraq war that was sold to us with the help of a compliant American media establishment.  If Americans were allowed to know the truth, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

For me, the most emotional moment of the film came with the image of Bush taking to the stage after being handed the Presidency, courtesy of the Supreme Court.  I remember that moment in December 2000 so vividly.  I was pregnant and on bed rest, so I had been watching the whole drama unfold over those many crazy days with little or no interruption.  I remember the heartbreak, disgust and frustration that I felt at that moment, but watching it in the film, with the full knowledge of what has occurred since, I could only cover my face with my hands in despair for what we have lost at the hands of this President.

On the positive side, the film ends with very specific things that each of us can do to stop contributing to the problem.  My husband and I had already decided to trade in our mini-van for a car that we can run on biodeisel, but after seeing the movie, we have decided to do that immediately rather than wait.  We had already switched all our light bulbs to compact fluorescents, lowered our thermostat, replaced our old appliances with more energy efficient ones and weatherproofed our house, but now we are looking at every aspect of how we live and targeting the things we can change right away and planning for bigger changes that we can implement over time.  Just imagine what can happen if people take the initiative and show that we are willing to learn and to change our behavior.  We are ahead of the politicians on this one and if they won’t bring the business community into line, then we’ll just have to do it ourselves, by changing the marketplace that they must compete in.  We can consume less overall and chose to consume only those products that fit into a larger vision of what we want our world to be.

Political activism is important to ensure that our representatives do what is necessary to protect our planet, but personal action is just as critical.  With a compliant media that is willing to manipulate the truth and protect the interests of their corporate masters, political activism in the form of demonstrations and public pressure on politicians is less effective than it once was, but we can change the world through personal action and responsible living.  As I’ve said before, a movement is nothing more than a bunch of people all moving in the same direction toward a common goal.  We can each stop contributing to the problem and begin bringing about solutions, first in our homes, then in our neighborhoods, towns, cities, states and finally our country and the world.  We owe it to our children to at least give it our best shot.

13 Comments:

Anonymous lester said...

that's good that you are motivated. the teenagers in canada were motivated to blow up innocent people. You are motivated to reduce your carbon footprint or whatever. I can't help but think yours is the more constructive solution/ outlet.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous David E said...

I'm not sure I understand Lester's reference to "the teenagers in canada". Is he talking about ecoterrorism? The Squamish Five? The words "blow up innocent people" are rather loaded. I'd say Greenpeace is more indicative of how teenagers in Canada respond to abuses of polluting/eco-destroying corporations and governments. And Lester should look to the homegrown ecoterrorism of ELF in southern California before making smug asides.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous rkelly said...

I simply cannot get behind Gore on any issue. He is no better than all the rest who pretended to be for the people and all the while (read what Palast says at the Iconoclast) he is no different than the all the corrupt politicans. I know only one genuinely honest politician and many would agree: Dr. No, Congressman Ron Paul. Check out what he says about our economy at www.house.gov/paul

Then, for some real tin hat wearing regarding peak oil and global warming, read www.worldaffairsjournal.com

We are natives in their colony folks and they are also well defined in Palast's interview at the Iconoclast.

It is going to be an interesting two years. Get ready to be global, you know, globalization -- because it is happening but the law of unintended consequences showed up first.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous David E said...

So, rkelly, is this Gore's issue alone? And I'm not sure I understand how all public figures are corrupt and the People are not. This sounds like defeatist whining; the kind that prefers to be well-read and sulking. American liberals will never take control if they don't stop demanding perfection yesterday. Frankly, I prefered the old New Deal Democrats and Will Rogers line, "I don't belong to an organized party: I'm a Democrat." Rogers also said what could be Gore's motto, "I'd rather be right than president."

9:17 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Lester--Somehow it just doesn't seem enough yet it's all I can think to do right now.

David E--I'm a New Deal Democrat myself (not that I was around back then, but what the New Deal accomplished is what we need more of), we could use a heaping helping of some socialist policies about now. I think that's why I find Russ Feingold so appealing, he has an FDR quality to him that I think the American people would respond well to if given half a chance by our media establishment that seems intent on relegating him to the fringe.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the film tonight and thought it was excellent. I think every HS student should see this film and perhaps have and entire course based around the science, economy and social issues brought up in the film.

What struck me in the middle of the film was how articulate Core was, his leadership, intelligence and knowledge of the subject and his ability to convey it to an audience is something that George Bush could never ever do on any subject. Not even close. The world would be sooo different had the Bush war family did not steal their first election in 2000.

Go see the movie.

Also check out- "Who killed the electric car" website- another nice flick coming out soon.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

"THE biggest problem we are facing as a nation is the leash around the neck of the press that is being held tight by corporate owners. Everything can be traced back to that"

I agree completely and that is why I'm here and not at CNN.

11:18 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Anonymous--Thank you for reminding me about "Who Killed The Electric Car". I've been meaning to write about that movie, I heard the writer/director interviewed and then saw the preview at "An Inconvenient Truth". It looks like a good one and certainly dispels the misconception that we don't have the technology to change things for the better immediately. We have it, there are simply too many people who benefit from not making that technology available to the public. It’s funny how Republicans refuse to support a free market when it suits their interests not to.

Michael--Thanks for that. It's why I read all the blogs on my blogroll as well.

11:19 PM  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

I am convinced that human activity is and will continue to have an effect on global weather patterns. In reality, the only scientists who say that we do not have an effect, are those who are paid by big business/mining companies/oil companies who stand to suffer if we have to radically alter our habits.

12:38 AM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Beepbeepitsme--But that's exactly what I got most out of this movie: THERE ARE NO SCIENTISTS THAT ARE ACTUALLY SAYING THAT! Only a press that is suggesting that they are.

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

One of the statistics from the movie that I found most striking was that there is zero disagreement about the cause of global warming in the scientific community, yet over half of the stories on global warming from our lapdog press suggest that there is.

That reminds me of the "debate" over evolution -- no scientist worth his or her salt seriously disputes it. Yet clowns like Bush ignorantly assert that religious dogma like "intelligent design" deserves to be taught along side evolution, and the press almost never calls him out on it.

No wonder our kids are falling behind educationally. No wonder our country is in the hands of a pack of kleptocratic oligarchs. You're right -- the corporate media is the root of the problem.

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baloney. I am not wasting my money seeing this movie. Anything that comes out of a politicians mouth needs to be divided by twelve, if given any credence at all. Politicans are nothing but leeches who make a living off the fruits of the labor of others and they will do anything to get into power. Democrat...Republican, same stink, different piles.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

david e - I meant the muslims guys they arrested the other day. al qyeda inspired

12:00 PM  

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