In 2006, Al Gore helped to bring climate change into the national conversation with his Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Now, with his follow up, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power in theaters, Gore and the filmmakers have wrangled up several artists to talk about the effects of climate change in a new video released Thursday.
The 90 second video, called “Why Are You Inconvenient?,” features Paul McCartney, Bono, Pharrell Williams, and several other popular musicians in rapid fire succession giving reasons why they’re addressing climate change.
McCartney, broadly, thinks about “the future of the planet.”
Bono says, “The poorest of the poor are furious because they’re hit first, and worst, by climate change.”
Maroon 5’s Adam Levine says he’s inconvenient “for [his] still growing family.”
The Chainsmokers, Jennifer Hudson, Rainn Wilson, Steve Aoki and others show up offering mostly platitudes regarding their love of planet Earth and the peril in which it is being placed. As each artist flashes across the screen, the hashtag #BeInconvenient appears under his or her name.
The clip ends with a stoic Al Gore and shots of protesters holding signs and a fade-to-black message that reads, “Fight like your world depends on it”.
Gore and the filmmakers, it seems, hope that merely watching a cadre of celebrities saying a variation on “we need to do something” will call citizens to action. You can go to climaterealitychange.org to download a 10 minute slide show presentation created by Gore that will “spread a simple message to your community: the climate crisis is urgent, but the solutions are at hand.”
Al Gore has been a committed supporter of climate change policy since at least the 1980s when he was in Congress, and ran for President in 1988 partly on a platform of climate change awareness and education.
With the success of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore has found that documentaries can be an integral tool for change.
In an interview with the New York Times, Gore said, “well-made documentaries have become the most powerful and effective way to deliver a message with integrity.”
However, this time around, Gore’s new film focuses less on the slide-show-and-hard-science approach of the original and more on the man himself.
Director John Shenk says, “We realized we had an opportunity to be flies on the wall of this incredible life Al Gore leads. In the film, you see him meeting with scientists in Greenland, training climate activists in the Philippines and dealing with the Paris agreement negotiations.”
Climate change, and news surrounding climate change, is happening quickly, and Gore was unable to include President Trump decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. In an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Gore, while disappointed in the actions of the United States, remained optimistic.
“Immediately after that, all the other countries in the world doubled down and said, ‘We’re going to do even more,'” Gore told Colbert. “And here in the US, a lot of our most important governors and majors and business leaders said, ‘We’re still in the Paris agreement, and we’re going to meet the commitments of the country regardless of what Donald Trump tweets.'”
Along with An Inconvenient Sequel, audiences have also recently seen the release of Leonardo DiCaprio’s global warming documentary Before the Flood.