The former vice president is back with “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the follow-up to his Academy Award-winning film about climate change. And much has changed since the first alarming documentary.
In late July, Al Gore was in Bellevue, holding a training for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, the army he is building to spread the word — and worry — about climate change and global warming.
At one point, Gore pointed out a crack in a section of the Antarctic Peninsula — an area he visited during the filming of his 2006 documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
“I said, ‘You all watch out for this,’ ” Gore recalled the other day. “‘Could be tomorrow, could be next week, could be next month. You watch for it and you remember.’”
Two weeks later, the crack opened up, and a chunk of floating ice that weighed more than a trillion metric tons broke away, producing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded — and showing just how the Antarctic ice sheet could very well fall apart.
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It also proved that Gore, 69, is still at the center of the fight to raise awareness and cool down the planet before we burn ourselves into extinction.
“It’s not any great act of prescience on my part,” Gore said of predicting the iceberg. “All I’m doing is channeling what the scientists were predicting.”
The former vice president is channeling once again as the star of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the follow-up to his Academy Award-winning film, which played a part in his receiving the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
The new film follows Gore as he surveys melting ice sheets and glaciers in Greenland; trundles through the smoke-choked streets of India on his way to tense meetings with officials who feel left out of the climate-change conversation; and brokers agreements to cut coal use by making solar panels more affordable to governments.
It also chronicles Gore’s skills as a distiller of complicated science, a speaker and a politician who can get economist and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence H. Summers or Tesla founder Elon Musk on the phone anytime, anywhere.
“What I have tried to do for a long time now,” Gore said, “is to try to talk with the scientists and impose upon their friendship and patience to explain things to me over and over until I…