Guide (in note form) to portions of the DVD that we will watch:


Section 1: 0:00-10:15  (10 min)


Description: Introduction to Al Gore and his slide show work on global warming. Explanation of how the earth’s  atmosphere is thin and fragile and sensitive to damage. Brief synopsis of global warming.


Section 2: 54:30-1:01:38 (6 min)


Description: Antarctica: “the canary in the coal mine”. Visual demonstration of the possible effects if the ice shelves break off due to warmer ocean temperatures: massive coastal flooding.


Section 3: 1:03:50-109:50 (6 min)


Description: “A collision between civilization and the earth.” 3 factors that

have changed human’s relationship to the earth: 1) population explosion, 2) revolution of science and technology and 3) our way of thinking. Contrast between rich/poor countries and the relative contribution of countries to global warming.


Section 4: 1:20:50-1:28:20 (8 min)


Description: Contrast between fuel efficiency standards in the U.S. and

other countries. Changes that can be made to slow carbon emissions. What can be done on a national and global level with cooperation. What we can do as individuals to make a change.


Total viewing time: 30 minutes








Section 1:


  1. Who is Al Gore? What do you think the title of the film means?


  1. Is it true that because the earth is so big, people can’t cause any lasting changes to it?


Section 2:


  1. What do you think is causing the ice shelves to melt?


  1. What would happen if the West Antarctic ice shelf broke off?


  1. What areas would be most affected by a rise in sea level?


  1. What could be some effects of this change?


Section 3:


  1. What effect is the population explosion having on the earth?


  1. What are 3 factors that have changed the relationship between human beings and the earth?


  1. Which country contributes most to global warming?


Section 4:


  1. Which countries have the highest and lowest fuel efficiency standards? Why is this so important?


  1. Is it possible to make changes that will slow carbon emissions?


  1. What are some changes that we can make?