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When Typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) wreaked havoc on Tacloban in 2013, the damage it caused was almost unbelievable. This led a tearful Naderev Sano to address the 19th Climate Change Summit’s delegates in a powerful and moving speech. “What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness,” Sano exclaimed. “We can fix this. We can stop this madness.”

Rising sea levels and the apparent directly proportional relationship between extreme weather and greenhouse emissions spell trouble for a country such as the Philippines, which not only rests on the Pacific Ring of Fire, but also suffers from deforestation and poor living conditions.

It is no surprise, then, that in a time when the leader of one of the world’s most powerful nations is an adamant climate change denier, Al Gore’s message in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power resonates with us more than ever.

Climate change: As serious and relevant as ever

The follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, the award-winning 2006 documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power follows the former US vice president from 2015 to 2016, with a specific focus on Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

This time around, filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk take the helm. The pair recorded Gore’s trips to various disaster areas (including Tacloban) to discuss global warming and conduct leadership trainings on climate change. 

In addition, the film shines the spotlight on the Paris climate change agreement – perhaps the biggest collective step that the world’s leaders have taken to solve the climate crisis.

According to Rodne Galicha, country manager of the Climate Reality Project,  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power also tackles “how the Philippines experienced the ill-effects of the climate crisis such as Super Typhoon Haiyan while showing hope that the global community is urgently acting on it.”

Galicha hopes to raise public awareness and understanding of climate change across all sectors in the Philippines, as well as “greater and more ambitious climate action.”

Distributed by Columbia Pictures, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will be an Ayala Malls Cinemas exclusive (Trinoma and Glorietta 4) beginning August 30, 2017.

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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

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