An Inconvenient Truth
First pitch: 6:07. Game time temperature: 82 degrees. Days until summer actually starts: 11
It was a warm day in Denver and has turned into a picturesque night. So after waking up early today and getting my game notes done by about 10:30, I decided to avoid the heat and went to go see a movie that I had been wanting to see for awhile.
An Inconvenient Truth is about global warming and dangers that we’re facing as a society. At the risk of offending one or two people who might read this blog entry (and I truly apologize if it does), I have to say the movie today will probably be the highlight of my road trip, even if we go undefeated from now through the end of next weekend.
Let me assure you that I have no plans to turn this into a political blog and truth be told, this movie actually should mean as much to Democrats as it does to Republicans and as much to both as it does to Independents and those who couldn’t care less about politics. There really isn’t a political theme to the film, so if you are turned off by the fact that its main character is Al Gore, I would think twice before staying away from the theatre.
I also want to be clear that I’m not on a soap box here because I have to say that up until recently, I hadn’t really given much thought to the issue and I’m guessing that many people don’t. Therein lies the problem.
Sure, I bought a Prius a year and a half ago, but that had more to do with the fact that I’d be able to drive in the carpool lane from Redondo Beach to Dodger Stadium every day without a second passenger. That and the fact that 44 miles per gallon sounded pretty good to my wallet. Helping the environment only played a small role in that decision.
But having watched this movie and feeling like I have a much better grasp of the problems we’re going to face in our own lifetime, I felt it was my duty to spread the word to those who read this blog. If I convince just one or two of you to see the film or visit the website climatecrisis.net, I feel like I’ve done just a little bit to help the cause.
After all, as a baseball lover and student of the history of the game, I think it’s equally important to be a student of the world we live in. It’s often said that those of us who work in baseball and more importantly, those who play in for a living, are caretakers of the game and have a responsibility to maintain its integrity for the people who come after us.
The same can be said for the environment and at the end of the day, if we don’t take care of that, there won’t be any baseball in the future, either.