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Filmmaker Letter

Filmmaker Letter

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

by Vice President Al Gore

Believe it or not, I was initially resistant to the idea of filming a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.

I was gratified by how many people have said that An Inconvenient Truth moved them to action, and I knew that any follow-up had to push the conversation about climate action forward in as productive a way as its predecessor. In the meantime, I continued my work traveling the world, constantly updating and presenting the slideshow on the climate crisis and its solutions and training thousands of activists around the world to communicate the realities of the climate crisis and the available solutions to their families, friends, neighbors, and peers.

Over the course of my post-political career, I’ve had a front seat to see the incredible progress, particularly of the past decade, as the climate action movement built itself from the ground up. It started simply, but has been fundamentally transformed into something almost unrecognizable. Activists are petitioning their governments for sensible climate policies and entire cities and towns are transitioning to clean energy. We’ve set our sights higher and allowed ourselves to pursue possibilities unimaginable just eleven years ago.

That momentum all came to a head in late 2015, when the entire world decided together in Paris that the climate crisis was a fight we have to win together. The Paris Agreement would not have been possible without the force of a movement behind it, and that movement was not the work of dignitaries, nor was it bankrolled by special interests. It was yours.

So when I met Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, I knew we had another story to tell: a story of how a worldwide movement culminating in an unprecedented international agreement grew from the slow, and sometimes painful, work of scientists, organizers, activists, and ordinary citizens.

The result is An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a portrait of the power of citizen activism in the 21st century. Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk have beautifully captured the human face of the climate crisis—the pain, joy, failures, and triumphs—all the while channeling the energy and hope that is moving us toward activating solutions.

That energy, centered in the heart of the climate movement, is a desire to create a better world for ourselves, our neighbors, our children and grandchildren. It’s humanity at its best.

In this moment, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power reminds us that we are all connected by the climate crisis, and together, we will solve it. The work is far from over, but with courage, conviction, and faith in our ability to work together, we can speak truth to power and create a better world for all of us and for the generations who will follow. I’m more hopeful than ever before that we’re going to solve this crisis, and I hope you leave the theatre more convinced than ever that we are well on our way.