The movie, An Inconvenient Truth, premiered in 2006 is a documentary by Director Davis Guggenheim that weaves the science of global warming with former Vice President Al Gore’s personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change.
The documentary got the world talking about climate change and was just the beginning of a climate revolution. Later that year, Al Gore founded The Climate Reality Project to take the conversation forward and turn awareness into action.
Academy Awards & Nobel Prize
An Inconvenient Truth won the 2007 Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song as well as more than 15 other awards for best documentary.
It was an inspiration when we in Indonesia were busy preparing for Bali Climate Change Conference in 2007. We could even still feel the impact of the movie at Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015.
Vice President Gore was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for, “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”
He went to Bali right after the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm and gave a memorable speech:“The greatest opportunity inherent in this climate crisis is not only to quickly deploy the new technologies that will facilitate sustainable development, and create the new jobs and to lift standards of living. The greatest opportunity is that in rising to meet the climate crisis, we in our generation will find the moral authority and capacity for long term vision to get our act together in this world and to take on these other crises, not political problems, and solve them……We are one people on one planet. We have one future, one destiny. We must pursue it together, and we can.”
Indonesia Climate Leaders
An Inconvenient Truth was one of the deciding factors for the establishment of The Climate Reality Project Indonesia, now with 350 climate leaders, that began with my training in Montreal in April 2008.
Climate leaders all over the world, including Indonesia, volunteer tirelessly under the guidance of Mr. Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project team to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.
At the Paris Climate Change Conference, amidst his hectic schedule, Vice President Gore visited Pavilion Indonesia, managed by climate leaders inside the United Nations Compound, for a special remarks. He highlighted the special qualities of young generation in solving the climate crisis:“Young people have played the key role, young people have always had more energy and have often had a clearer vision of what is right or wrong compared to old people. Young people are far more active and readily confess that it is immoral to use the atmosphere as an open sewer and to ignore the warnings of scientists and mother nature.”
More than 20% Indonesian climate leaders were trained when they were between the ages of 13 – 18 and most were inspired to become climate activists by the movie, An Inconvenient Truth.
One Voice to Solve the Climate Crisis
At the end of the Paris Climate Change Conference, Vice President Gore gave his statement: “Today, the nations of the world concluded a bold and historic agreement, clearly demonstrating that the global community is speaking with one voice to solve the climate crisis……No agreement is perfect, and this one must be strengthened over time, but groups across every sector of society will now begin to reduce dangerous carbon pollution through the framework of this agreement.”
As the Manager of The Climate Reality Project Indonesia I am honored to work with the Climate Reality Team with a network of climate reality leaders all over the world.
The Climate Reality Project Indonesia will organize a watch party to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of An Inconvenient Truth, with a message to be continuously interested, engaged and actively involved in the fight against climate change.
Text: Amanda Katili Niode. Manager, The Climate Reality Project Indonesia
Image: Paramount Pictures