By MichaelaThursday, June 29th, 2006
The other night I took my fourteen year old daughter to see Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth. I was a little concerned that a kid who has just finished the long school year, and whose taste in movies tends to run to slasher flicks, would find the film’s format less than engaging.
I was wrong. We were both engrossed from the very first frame. By the end we were angry (that world leaders have let things get to this point), disgusted (that our country is run by people who just don’t care about the future), pained (that we could have had Al Gore as our president — in fact we elected him, but that’s another story), and motivated (we have to do something!).
As we talked about the film afterward, I tried to temper my own fear for the not-too-distant future and instead to channel it into a discussion of positive action. In fact, I have begun talking with both of my daughters about the great challenge of their generation and the mission they must embrace, which is nothing less than saving the planet. We have delayed too long already.
I urge every reader to see this film, take your kids (teens and above), and talk to them about the world you and they want to live in.