Former Vice President Al Gore is back with a follow-up to his 2006 Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which takes a look at the progress made in environmental issues over the last 10 years — and the amount of work left to do.
On Tuesday, Paramount Pictures released the trailer for “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which was produced by Participant Media and opens with President Donald Trump joking about global warming during a campaign rally on what was apparently a cold day. The video then cuts to Gore talking about how one of the most poorly received parts of the first documentary was a segment that showed how rising sea levels and storm surge would flood the 9/11 memorial site in Lower Manhattan — which is exactly what happened during Hurricane Sandy, as the trailer showed with news clips.
“We’re seeing a tremendous amount of positive change,” Gore said, over images of solar panels and windmills. “The basis is there, but it’s still not enough.”
That positive change was illustrated with footage from the Paris climate talks, which resulted in a landmark compact with more than 140 countries ratifying an agreement to cut down greenhouse emissions. But instead of resting on the laurels of that accomplishment, the trailer then went back to Trump, showing his pledges to reduce climate change spending and get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency, followed by scenes of climate-caused disasters — and a path forward, in the form of footage from climate protests.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that we’re going to get on rocket ships and live on Mars,” Gore said. “This is our home.”
“An Inconvenient Sequel” hits theaters on July 28.