I have a friend (who reads this site) who is a Global Warming skeptic. I believe his skepticism may be warranted, even though I personally believe that the planet is warming and we are not helping the cause. However, he agrees with me that we should build a more sustainable environment. This is where I believe that Al Gore’s movie has made a major impact. It took an issue that was on the fringe of our development process and brought it to the forefront.
There’s another documentary called A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash. It tackles a subject (Peak Oil) that is equally frightening, and possibly more pressing than Global Warming. Unfortunately, without the public figure of Al Gore, it got very little attention. However, if we change our built environment to tackle Global Warming, we can also tackle Peak Oil at the same time, and come out on the other side with a cleaner and more efficient society. This is where I believe that even Global Warming skeptics like my friend can thank Al Gore. I just hope it isn’t already too late.