We saw “An Inconvenient Truth” last night…

My wife and I saw An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s movie on climate change, last night. You must go see this movie. Whatever you think of Al Gore, put it aside and just look at the evidence – it is too compelling to ignore and cuts through a lot of the garbage. Bottom line: this issue is the real deal and we all need to be worried about it. Check out the trailer if you need a preview, but it know that it doesn’t really prepare you. The movie is way more entertaining than may be described.

As lovers of small, naturally-powered boats, especially wooden ones, I think we can give ourselves a small pat on the back (provided we use sustainable forestry products). By dropping a paddle or oar or flying before the wind, we are getting our rush in a decidedly carbon-friendly way. So add that the list of reasons to feel good on your next outing. Heck, a well-placed fouling substance in the tank of a Cigarette at the launching ramp, and you have yourself a carbon-negative trip! I’m kidding of course – that is way too nice a treatment for a Cigarette. ;^)

Back to the “whatever you think of Al Gore” comment at the beginning: prepare to be impressed. His intellect was never in doubt (or oughtn’t have been), but he lets his passion and humor out more than we have seen him do in public before. He is striking in his command of the subject and confidence as a leader. Damn shame he couldn’t pull that out in 2000…

By the way, for anyone who remembered my prior post on climate change, the film makes reference to Greenland being a lynch-pin in the sea-level rise problem (all that land-based ice). The movie’s blog notes that Greenland is starting to go. Might be time for those of us near-seal level to begin scouting paddling routes in the nearest upland forest…

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