An Inconvenient Truth

I came across this documentary film when my co-worker brought this DVD to work. We watched it together at our seminar room. Then I borrowed the DVD home and watched it again last night.

I didn’t know much about global warming before. I heard about it on the news and I knew it is a serious environmental issue. But I didn’t care much about it nor did I know how to prevent such problem from getting worse. After watching this film, I was deeply moved by Al Gore’s dedication and commitment to solve this problem. He explained in the most clear and understandable way how global warming is formed and showed all kinds of scientific data to prove that global warming is not a fiction. He pleaded that people should start taking action now. Simple ways like buying energy efficient electronic appliances or energy efficient automobiles can really make big difference!

10 simple things you can do to help stop global warming:

1. Drive less
Walk, bike, carpool or take public transport more often. You’ll save 1.5 kg of carbon dioxide for every 5 km you don’t drive!

2. Change a light
Replacing six regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs will save 400 kg of carbon dioxide a year.

3. Recycle more
You can save 1000 kg of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.

4. Check your tires
Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve your car’s fuel efficiency. Every liter of petrol saved keeps 2.5 kg of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere!

5. Use less hot water
It takes a lot of energy to heat water — use less hot water by installing an energy efficient triple A rated shower head (3 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water (225 kg saved per year) .

6. Avoid products with a lot of packaging
You can save 545 kg of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%.

7. Move your thermostat down 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer
You could save about 900 kg of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment.

8. Plant a tree
A single tree will absorb one tonne of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

9. Turn off electrical devices
Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them will save you thousands of kilograms of carbon dioxide a year.

10. Be part of the solution
Learn more and get active at www.climatecrisis.net .

上週同事帶來這部贏得奧斯卡最佳紀錄片的DVD, 我們一起偷偷在上班時間看完這部片. 隨後我還借了DVD回去看.

我從以前就常聽說全球暖化這個問題, 但是一直沒有深入去了解, 也漠不關心. 我也曾經對著這問題保持懷疑的態度. 在看過這部片後, 我不再持疑.

對於高爾的在片中顯現的真誠與執著我感到十分感動, 聽說他花了將近40年的時間研究全球暖化的問題, 試圖喚起大眾對於這個重大環保問題的警醒. 在片子中, 他提出許多有力的科學證據來證實全球暖化並不是個謠言, 而是真實的問題. 他並以輕鬆容易理解的道理來講述, 讓我們更能明白全球暖化是如何形成, 知道該如何防範.

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10個防範全球暖化的步驟:
1.換燈泡
將普通燈泡改為螢光省電燈泡,一年將減少150磅二氧化碳。
2.少開車多走路,常與朋友共乘汽車或搭乘大眾運輸工具,不開車的話,每英里可減少一磅二氧化碳。
3.資源回收
家裡的垃圾只要其中一半做好資源回收,每年可以減少2400磅二氧化碳。
4.檢查你的輪胎
確保你的輪胎保持適當胎壓,可以增加輪胎總行駛哩程超過百分之三。
每加崙的汽油可以減少20磅二氧化碳釋放到大氣中。
5.減少使用熱水量
加熱水溫需要很多能源,裝置低流水量蓮澎頭使用少一點熱水(每年可以減少350磅二氧化碳),並且用冷水或溫水洗衣服就好(每年可以減少500磅二氧化碳)。
6.避免製造太多垃圾
如果你減少百分之十的垃圾量,就會降低1200磅二氧化碳。
7.調整你的自動恆溫器
在冬天時調低兩度,夏天時調高2度。這簡單動作可以使每年減少2000磅二氧化碳。
8.種樹
一棵樹一生可以吸收一噸二氧化碳。
9.關掉電器設備
當沒有在使用電視、DVD播放器、音響、和電腦時順手關掉,每年將可以減少幾千磅的二以化碳。
10.鼓勵你的朋友去看這部電影。

2 thoughts on “An Inconvenient Truth

  1. Cool! You’ve seen it too? I was beginning to think nobody I know has heard of this documentary…It has such a devastating affect on my part in the outlook of humanity in the future…although I’ve always tried to save and conserve as much as possible all my life, but after watching that I’ve been horrified and really tried a lot harder to look for things I can do to help — no matter how small. (Although, I’d have to say that a negative psychological affect definitely goes with this documentary…pretty disturbing…)

  2. hey i knew about this too
    I was also pretty excited that this documentary got Oscar’s award, but then I heard someone said that “north pole’s ice is melting but nobody mentions south pole’s ice is increasing….” Have you guys heard of that?

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