Seeing the Truth

So Benida and I went to see Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth the night before last at the Laemmle Theatre in Santa Monica. It was a leftist’s Rocky Horror Show, that is, the audience reaction was as compelling as the film itself. The film’s violence comes off more like a college lecture than a Hollywood thriller, but, unlike most horror flicks, this one depicts violence that most likely WILL occur in real life, to US.

Critics on the right say it’s one long political ad for Gore. If so, it works. Eat your heart out, Hillary. When Gore tells an audience of his slide show in the film, “There are higher priorities than terrorism,” our live audience cheered, stomped and whistled.

Outside the theatre, vendors offered related books, and tonight the Environmental Defense Fund emailed me their “recommended summer reading list.”

I thought OK, what about the UN Environmental Programme? What is the Sierra Club recommending for summer reading?

I couldn’t find any book recommendations on the Greenpeace site, only a thrilling breath of physical and legal activism from the front lines of compassion.

Some publishers specialize in spreading the word on planetary healing: Island Press, Green Books (UK), Earthscan (UK), Chelsea Green.

My friends and I have been talking and living green since the ‘sixties. An Inconvenient Truth is winning over even the squares who’ve been pooh-poohing us up until now. And not a moment too soon.