Thanks to Tony Singh for sending me the email the other day, which I published on the 28th about tonight’s showing of An Inconvenient truth.I went to the showing tonight. It is a film that can’t help but scare the living daylights out of you. Now I could have waited and rented the DVD when it came to David, but I was also interested in how many of the Panamanian people would turn out and see the film. There were over 60 people that watched the film. I think 90% to 95% were Panamanians. I helped raise the gringo representation.
I highly recommend that everyone see this movie. I also think you should have your children and your friends and anyone you can convince that might not see it otherwise, to go see it.
After watching it, I thought to myself that the world was probably lucky that Al Gore lost the presidential election to George Bush. Had he been president, there would still have been a 9/11 and he would have been consumed with that problem. He might have made better decisions, but I do not think he would have had the time or opportunity to make the contribution that he has made with this film. And the overall effect of global warming will be more significant in the long run than anything that happens in the middle east.
At the conclusion of the film, a couple Panamanians spoke. One said he felt that this film needed to be a required film that all students should have to watch to better understand their need to make changes for the future.
It was the other man that spoke about a related subject that Panamanians and specifically Chiricanos need to be more concerned about which is protecting the purity of the water. He said that because of money effecting Panama governmental decisions, more and more of the water of Panama is being contaminated and that has to change. If you see the film, it has multiple references to the US governmental decisions being affected by special interest groups. One reference was the tobacco industry and reports being generated for a long time that tobacco was not a health hazard. That was compared with the oil and auto industries in the US saying that too strict regulations would be bad for the US economy.
We are a generation of people that have been lucky to live in the best of times. Because of mistakes that have been made and mistakes that are continuing to be made our children’s futures may not be so pleasant. It really gives one pause to think.
Before everyone left they said that the movie would be shown for the next four Mondays. I am really pleased to see such earnest effort to make this information available in a setting where they discuss the film afterwards. Nothing will happen if we all just see the film and go home and forget about it. These are important problems that need to be dealt with now and not later.