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An Inconvenient Truth Analysis

An Inconvenient Truth: Analyzing the “Truth” What is the overall claim made by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth? Al Gore’s Overall claim is that humans are the main cause of global warming. The main cause of global warming is the decay of vegetations, which causes pollution. In the space below and in 2-3 sentences, explain TWO different pieces of evidence used by Gore to help prove his claim. Alternatively, find two pieces of evidence that disprove his clam.. Assuming the evidence is valid; do you believe it supports his overall claim? Explain. Note, this is asking does he use relevant info not if you agree or disagree with his points. ) Using scientific journals, find at least one source that deals with the claim. (I’d suggest you access these through Highline’s library at http://flightline. highline. edu/reference/ , another source for online databases, or in person at the library. ) Google sources will typically not be sufficient. Evidence #1 • Explain evidence in movie— Global sea levels are rising in more than twenty feet with the loss of the Greenland and Antarctica shelves. This would hurt many coastal areas worldwide.

The sun which heats up the water which then heats up the ice bergs and increasing the level of salt water created. • Does it support the overall claim? Yes or No. Explain. Yes. We are seeing this happen more and more. There was a diagram that he showed in the video that showed the currents of the ocean and how the temperatures of the currents effect many countries and with the rise in temperature equals the melting of ice bergs which increase the level of water which in term creates flooding and hurricanes and we see this with countries like Indonesia. Related journal article o Cite the article— http://news. nationalgeographic. com/news/2006/05/060524-global-warming_2. html o Summarize the point of the article In this article it explains all the main points of Al Gores Inconvenient truth. National Geographic News brought in Eric Steig who is an earth scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle to get his expertise And try to find anything wrong with the claims but ironically Steig didn’t find any claim to be wrong. He goes to state, “the documentary handles the science well. He even tried looking for errors and found none. o Does it help support Gore’s overall claim—Yes or No. Explain. Yes. Experts stated that Hurricanes are not correlated with global warming and Steig defended Al gore’s claim by stating that, “the statistics [show] that such events are more likely now than they used to be and will become more likely in the future. ” Steig makes very good points throughout his article to prove that Al Gore made some outstanding points and that we the viewer should listen. Evidence #2 • Explain evidence in movie—

A million species worldwide could be driven to extinction in just half a century by global warming. I remember clearly in the video Al Gore showed an animation of a polar bear trying to look for land based ice and the poor polar bear couldn’t find any so he drowned because they can only swim for so much, they survive on resting on ice. In Seattle we are loosing our Orcas because of the toxins Orcas give to their babies. The food chain is slowly dying eventually its going to come up to use and bite us n the behind. • Does it support the overall claim? Yes or No. Explain. Yes.

Animals where made to survive and kill like normal die like normal and the fact that they are not dying normal because humans are the cause of this is horrible. “Life without a diverse population of animals and plants would be bleak, boring and perhaps even unsustainable. Humans depend on a vast, varied supply of flora and fauna—from slugs to redwood trees—to form the foundation of the earth’s ecosystems, which clean the air and water, stabilize the soil and provide food and medicines. ” According to history. com. • Related journal article o Cite the article— http://www. history. com/topics/species-extinction Summarize the point of the article Like I stated before it is natural to loose species in this article it states “Extinction is a naturally occurring phenomenon at a rate of roughly one to five species per year; however, scientists currently believe that habitats across the globe are losing dozens of species each day. ” The clearing of land urban growth has moved species out of their natural habitats. How many times do we here now that there are Bears getting closer to the city then they ever did before. Due to the fact of climate change and pollution species tend to move around more.

According to the article “An estimated 70 percent of the planet’s species reside in forests” I don’t know about you but that is a lot and to have deforestation going on doesn’t help these 70 percent of species and that is why species are moving a dying off slowly. o Does it help support Gore’s overall claim—Yes or No. Explain. Yes. It brings up good points about how and why species are dying off. It is stated in this article that one of the biggest threats is domestic animal diversity, which is the export of animals from developed to developing countries, which leads to cross breeding. “Without adequate action, more than 2 000 domestic animal breeds could be lost within the next two decades. Domestic animal diversity is unique and cannot be replaced. Whether you agree or disagree with Gore’s overall claim, what is the most convincing evidence or argument for your personal decision? I can’t just say one thing convinced me the whole thing convinced me. But the fact the US knows about this and does nothing really to help improve it upsets me very much and that is why we have events like Hurricane Katrina hit us and devastate Americans when something could have been done.

The fact that hurricane categories four and five have doubled even tripled now is horrifying. Species dying, deforestation, sea levels rising and eventually sinking many of our united states huge areas could be under is a huge thing. Finally, based on what you found, do you believe the “other side” must be presented to students as the Federal Way School District has decided in 2007? Defend your answer. Check out the Jan. 16, Seattle Times article “Moratorium on Al Gore film sparks own controversy” for more information.

The text as well as a political cartoon about the situation are posted at the end of this document. I think that there are two sides to every story and that we shouldn’t just be biased and learn one specific way that we should learn both sides to every story before making a conclusion. In the article from the Seattle times it stated that the district policy also allowed parents to opt their children out of any lesson they find objectionable if this is the case why make a big deal about showing a video if your child doesn’t have to see it.

Like the article also says children should know the basics of global warming since scientist are telling us that our kids are going to be living in an unprecedented global warming. [pic] Tuesday, January 16, 2007 – 12:00 AM Moratorium on Al Gore film sparks own controversy By Cara Solomon Seattle Times staff reporter A philosophical fist fight has broken out in the Federal Way School District days after the School Board put all classroom showings of the global warming movie “An Inconvenient Truth” on hold. There is no discussion of banning the movie.

But ban or no ban, word of the board’s decision last week to impose a “moratorium” on it made national news. E-mails subsequently arrived by the hundreds, most in opposition to the board’s decision. By Sunday, Board President Ed Barney said he had read 275, with about 300 more to go. “Most are from nowhere even near here,” Barney said. “A majority of them think we’re out of our minds. ” In interviews, board members, district officials, and even some parents who originally complained about the film said there seemed to be misunderstandings in the community, and across the country, about what had been asked of the board, and what they had done.

Board members said the controversy began after a district newsletter noted that teachers could obtain free copies of the film for classroom use. Several parents objected to this, and at least one raised a concern about an upcoming showing of the film at Lakota Middle School, questioning whether the seventh-grade science teacher there would present alternative view points. “An Inconvenient Truth” features former Vice President Al Gore discussing the science behind the theory that global warming is caused by humans.

Some parents objected to the film for political or religious reasons. At its meeting last week, the board suspended all classroom viewings until district Superintendent Tom Murphy could confirm that the district’s existing policies on materials that contain “bias” were being followed. “It’s a very reasonable request,” said Murphy, who will report to the board at its Jan. 23 meeting. Two district policies apply in this case. The first requires that teachers get approval from their principals before they show any movie in class.

The second states that, “when it is necessary to use historical or literary works, periodicals, and technical journals which show bias, staff members have a responsibility to point out the biases, and present additional information and perspectives to balance those biases. ” District policy also allows parents to opt their children out of any lesson they find objectionable. By late last week, Murphy had learned that the movie and bias policies were followed earlier at Todd Beamer High School, where a teacher showed the film during a speech and debate class, requiring students to research other perspectives.

But policy was not followed at Lakota. Murphy said the science teacher had not gotten prior approval to show the film. Frosty E. Hardison, a parent at Lakota who complained to the board, said he believes the Bible predicted global warming. But he also said he was not seeking a ban on the film — only a healthy classroom debate of different scientific views, like the theory that global warming is a naturally occurring phenomenon. “Present me with a whole broad spectrum of facts, not just a select, focused view,” he said.

Since his views appeared in media reports and Internet blogs, Hardison said he has received a flood of phone calls at home from supporters and critics alike. Some critics were constructive, he said, inviting him to debate the science. Others called only to yell “stupid” or “idiot,” then hang up. “They think we’re just these religious fanatics who just want to stick our heads in the sand,” he said. On the other side of the debate, Chris Carrel, another parent at Lakota, said he could not believe the board had even classified the film as having a bias. He said the science clearly points to global warming as a phenomenon caused by humans.

The board bowed too quickly to a few loud voices of opposition, he said, without giving the larger community the chance to respond. “When we have thousands of the world’s foremost scientists telling us that our kids are going to be living in an unprecedented global warming, then I think they should know the basics of it,” said Carrel, executive director of the Friends of the Hylebos, a group dedicated to preserving the Hylebos Creek watershed in Federal Way. In the spirit of educating the School Board, and perhaps the larger community, Carrel said he is planning a scientific slide show about global warming sometime within the next two weeks.

It would be the same slide show Gore used to tour around the country, he said. Board member Dave Larson said he was encouraged by the prospect of a community debate and by an offer from another citizen to help science teachers research alternative views on global warming. But he was also disappointed that, with all the progress the Federal Way school district has made on closing the achievement gap, and other important matters, there was this “feeding frenzy” about a board decision many people did not seem to understand. The frustrating part is that good news doesn’t make it out there, and this does,” he said. Murphy said he could recall only one other incident in recent years when parents raised concerns about controversial content in the curriculum. That concern was about “graphic” novels. The board stood behind its policies at the time, he said, urging concerned parents to opt their children out of the class, or use the teacher’s alternative assignments. Cara Solomon: 206-464-2024 or [email protected] com