A Global Warning

From director Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth is a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. In this intimate portrait of Gore and his "travelling global warming show," Gore comes across as never before in the media - funny, engaging, open and intent on alerting citizens to this "planetary emergency" before it's too late.

Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore's personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective; to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life. With an emphasis on hope, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately shows us that global warming is no longer a political issue but rather, the biggest moral challenge facing our civilization today.

After having its U.S. debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and international premiere at Cannes, An Inconvenient Truth opened to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences everywhere. A smash hit, the film went on to win Academy Awards® for Best Documentary feature and Best Song. It also became a global phenomenon, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time with a worldwide audience estimated at 5 million people.

The Impact

The impact of An Inconvenient Truth is unprecedented. Since its release in 2005, the film has helped to galvanize governments, leaders, organizations and individuals worldwide to take action on global warming. More than a billion people are now aware of the issue and have been motivated to act.

Learn more about some of these historic developments:

  • Over 106,000 tons of carbon were offset in the year following the film's release, which is equivalent to 225 million car miles.
  • 4200+ tons of carbon were offset just by people swtiching to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Over 15 climate change bills have been introduced in Congress, with the historic Markey-Waxman Bill passing the House in June, 2009.
  • Five countries - England, Scotland, Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Germany - and the Canadian province of British Columbia incorporated An Inconvenient Truth into their secondary schools' curricula.
  • President Obama created the new position of Assistant to the President for Climate and Energy.
  • The United States House of Representatives established a Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
  • The U.S. Senate established a Select Committee On Energy Independence and Global Warming.
  • Over 2600 people have been trained to give The Climate Project presentation and 4 million people on all seven continents have heard the presentation.
  • The issue of global warming reached more than a billion people worldwide.
  • Changed public perception: 33% of people surveyed before the film’s release believed global warming is real versus 85% after the film’s release (that figure has since declined).

Academy Award® Winner
for Best Documentary
and Best Song

Key Players

  • Al Gore
  • Davis GuggenheimDirector
  • Laurie DavidProducer
  • Lawrence BenderProducer
  • Scott Z. BurnsProducer
  • Jeff SkollExecutive Producer
  • Lesley ChilcottCo-Producer