Yolanda damage in Tacloban featured in ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

August 24, 2017 - 11:42 AM
Al Gore and, right, the devastation wrought by Yolanda in Tacloban in 'An Inconvenient Sequel.'

In “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the sequel to the Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” former US Vice President Al Gore travels around the world as he continues his tireless fight for the environment.

Among his stops was the city of Tacloban, Leyte, which lay in ruins in the aftermath of supertyphoon Yolanda in late 2013.

As Gore trains an army of climate champions and influences international climate policy, cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

In 2006, when Vice President Al Gore became the focal point of “An Inconvenient Truth,” he was the quintessential man at a crossroads.

Needing to move forward meaningfully, Gore exited the political stage and followed his gut and his heart into uncharted territory. He threw everything he had – all his energy, intellect, drive and voice — into one almost overwhelmingly huge issue that had long lit a fire within him: confronting the increasingly alarming prospect of a global climate crisis that could literally threaten the end of human civilization.

At that time, the climate crisis was itself at a crossroads. Scientific consensus was coalescing around what the full human, economic and planetary costs of climate change might be if the world made zero effort to cut manmade greenhouse gas emissions. The far-reaching scope of the threat was just breaking through to the public — and the fossil fuel industry was putting up serious resistance.

But that was then. And in the 10 years since, so very much has changed.

The inspirational story of just how amazingly far the battle to halt climate change has come — and why Gore now says the momentum is unstoppable — forms the core of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

Distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures, the film will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma and Glorietta 4) starting August 30.