Before watching the two films in class, I didn’t really know too much about global warming except that it meant the earth was getting warmer over a period of time, and I wasn’t really sure how I should feel about the whole idea. The fact is I had no idea what caused the earth to gradually warm over time, so, of course that played a part in why I was so unsure about the theory. Honestly, the idea of global warming was a little scary, but I didn’t share the sense of urgency about confronting the climate issues like so many others. However, after viewing the films and learning more about the theory of global warming from the viewpoints of the skeptical, and of the non-skeptical, I feel I am now able to make a more educated choice as to my position of the topic.
In the film, “Earth: The Operators' Manual” the goal was to prepare us to change our current course and replace fossil fuels with alternative sources to slow down the impacts of global warming. It shows us that the carbon dioxide for our energy systems is threatening change in our planet. We were presented with a balanced and purely scientific account of why warming is happening, how science clearly indicates that it's human-induced, and what we need to do about it. In my opinion, the evidence is believable. Dr. Alley presents his case step by step using only documented facts and labeling any conjecture as such. He presented reasonable solutions not unrealistic solutions. Furthermore, he makes no reservations about the fact that we do need energy, and that fossil fuels have built an incredible modern world, but we now have to figure out how to move forward sustainably. Alley explains climate change in a way that we can all understand.
The film, “The Great Global Warming Swindle” basic position is that the current scientific opinion on the causes of global warming has many scientific flaws, and that the financial interests in the scientific establishment and the media really...