The documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, in which former Vice President Al Gore explains the current “climate crisis” and how Australia must sign the Kyoto Protocol to stop global warming, last night won an Oscar Award for best documentary film.
The Oscars are awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles and considered the most presitigous and most watched film awards ceremony in the world.
The director of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, Davis Guggenheim, took the film’s star Al Gore on stage to accept the award with Mr Gore declaring:
“My fellow Americans, people all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis.
“It’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue.
“We have everything we need to get started with the possible will to act. That’s a renewable resource. Let’s renew it.”
Mr Guggenheim said he and the film crew were so inspired by Al Gore’s fight for 30 years to tell this truth on global warming.
I’m not sure that Al Gore was all that truthful in the film or that it is a moral issue. I wrote a column for the ABC radioCounterpoint program last year in which I suggested global warming was more a technological than a moral issue. There are related blog pieces here.
According to CBS News reporting on last night Oscar Award’s ceremony:
“Earlier in the evening Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio took the stage to unveil a series of efforts the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took to make this year’s awards more environmentally friendly…
“Oscar ballots were made from partially recycled paper and organic produce was served at the Governor’s Ball. The academy joined with the Natural Resources Defense Council to reduce energy usage and increase recycling.
“Other initiatives included rides for presenters and stars in hybrid vehicles. The academy said it had explored hydrogen-powered fuel cell buses to transport crew and other workers, but did not have enough time to do it this year.”
I’m surprised they didn’t just pay someone to plant a few trees to “off-set” the night.