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An Inconvenient Truth, save the nature with architecture knowladge

by former vice president of US, Al Gore

An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth (2006) is a documentary movie made by former Vice President United States of America, Al Gore. The movie mostly consist of presentations from Al Gore about global warming. Al Gore declared his argument persuasively and described the global situation as a political issue and as the biggest moral challenge against human civilization. He clearly considers that global warming is caused by human activities and global warming is real. Humans, especially governments, must act in order to stop this issue or our earth will be destroyed as predicted.

Supported by fairly dramatic visuals throughout, Al Gore began to show the photos of the result of global warming. One of them is “Earthrise”, the first photo of earth taken by the first American astronauts from outer space and compared with some other photos taken from outer space which clearly indicate that glacier and lake ice are shrinking, snow is melting and shoreline is set back. Al Gore showed some of the devastation caused by global warming like Hurricane Katrina and the typhoons in Japan, China and Myanmar. Arctic ice cores today show a relatively high carbon dioxide than a quarter million years ago and increasingly are likely to occur in the next year because of the greenhouse effect and climate imbalance. What is greenhouse effect ? It is the phenomena of the sun’s warmth which is trapped in a planet’s lower atmosphere due to the greater transparency of the atmosphere to visible radiation from the sun than to infrared radiation emitted from the planet’s surface. It is theorized that on earth the increasing quantity of atmospheric carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels, together with the release of other gases, is causing an increased greenhouse effect and leading to global warming. A greenhouse effect involving CO2 is also responsible for the very high surface temperature of Earth.

The main cause of global warming is caused by human’s activity in burning fossil fuels. Humans take the energy that has been stored for hundreds of millions of years on earth in the form of coal, gas and oil and then use it arbitrarily. Mostly, the natural resources which can not be renewed are used for industries and manufacturers. The amount of carbon dioxide trapped in the earth’s atmosphere, automatically higher because the solar energy is retained by the earth and in the end this cause the ice and the glaciers to melt. Because as humans we are ignoring the impact of burning fossil fuels, on global warming, our actions are leading towards the earth’s destruction.

What can I do as an architect about global warming? Architects have an important role in handling the problem of global warming. Architects design residences, offices, recreational places and so on. But, an architect should be able to design environmentally friendly buildings that can adapt to climate change. The building should also be created from materials that are  eco-friendly. The design of Green Architecture is a way of designing buildings that are not only buildings that respond powerfully to the climate change but also are sustainable. The green designs contribute to reducing the effects of global warming and also make the world better and friendlier to people.

by Yudithia Adelin

  1. May 14, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I agree with you, Yud.
    This film was awesome and it’s interesting that told us to pay attention on global warming. We can give little contribution and hope it can be a bigger one on the future. Lets starting to reduce carbon emissions to zero by instilling ourselves to protect this earth.

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