I recently had the opportunity to see Al Gore’s documentary about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.
The data and the before and after pictures were all very effective in communicating the point of the movie which is that we are entering a “period of consequences” when we will see rapid changes in the environment due to global warming. Watching the movie, it is hard to escape considering the possibility that the human race could easily go the way of the dinosaurs if we don’t pay more attention to how our actions are impacting the temperature of the planet and consequently other forms of life that share it.
While Al Gore is straighforward and convincing in communicating his message, I found him self-congratulatory at times. When the movie was about him it was less interesting than when it was about the changes that have taken place recently in the environment.
The fact is that the universe doesn’t place a high value on human life. We are no more valuable to nature than any other species which is to say we have zero value to universe.
We can be disposed of through extinction very quickly and the process of evolution will go on without us, creating new species of life that are better adapted to the environment that we abused to the point of killing ourselves.
Remember that over 99% of the species that have ever lived on the planet are now extinct. Humans could easily join that majority.