The documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the sequel to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) about climate change, presents the developments of the crisis and shows how change is also possible on individual and local levels.

Directed by filmmaking couple Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the new documentary follows Al Gore on his climate change crusade to educate people around the world and inspire the next generation of climate activists.

When “An Inconvenient Truth” was released, in 2006, the effects of climate change were not very concrete for most people and the connection between global warming and extreme weather was difficult to demonstrate in the real world. Today, people are much more aware today about climate change than they were in 2006 and we know that the last 11 years have not been good for our planet. Extreme weather conditions, the sea level is rising, the icebergs in Antarctica are melting. The statistiques are not hopeful and yet, Al Gore believes that there is still hope and he  believes that change will come from the “grass roots up.” That’s why he spends a great deal of time training climate activists around the globe.

“I believe this is the most important challenge humanity faces, and if you are among those who don’t yet feel that way, wait a few years and I’m betting you will. This movie will give you the answer to the three most important questions regarding the climate crisis. (1) Do we have to change? The consequences of not changing are severe, really unthinkable. But it’s not a depressing movie because the answers to the second question — can we change? — are really exciting. And the third question is “Will we change?” And I’m convinced we must, we can, we will”, states Al Gore in an interview with the San Fransisco Chronicle.

The documentary is opening nationwide in the US this week.