An Inconvenient Truth: The Opera July 10, 2008 : 12:37 PM

Decades ago, when I began presenting slides on the climate crisis and how to solve it, I never imagined that it would become a full fledged book, much less a documentary movie.

But I am very grateful to all of the people who have taken the time to read the book, and watched the slide show and movie. Recently I was even more surprised to learn that now An Inconvenient Truth will debut as an opera in Milan on May 11, 2011. The truth about humanity's shared future –- both the crisis we face and the wonderful opportunity that lies before us -- will be told in one of our cultures greatest forms of expression.

Some incredible talent has come together to bring this transformation to life. William Friedkin, who won an Academy Award for Best Director for the film The French Connection, will direct. Poet J.D. McClatchy will serve as the librettist, and Giorgio Battistelli, will write the score.

But you don't have to wait until 2011 to see "An Inconvenient Truth" brought to life. I would be remiss if I did not mention that through The Climate Project, I have trained more than 2,300 people to present my slide show in communities across the United States and around the world.

Recently, Taylor Francis, a high school student, spent 10 days touring China and speaking about the climate crisis. After the trip he wrote:

"Over the course of 28 events and five days, I spoke to thousands of students at six high schools and two universities in Shanghai and Beijing. I also met with teachers, student leaders, NGO leaders, businessmen, and government officials. I spoke about how this is a shared problem for our two countries that necessitates cooperation. We emit the most CO2, and we will both suffer the consequences of inaction. I also tried to emphasize that economic growth and protecting the planet are not mutually exclusive. Steps like energy efficiency will save China billions of dollars, and new green technologies and industries can provide millions of new jobs."

More than likely, another dedicated presenter like Taylor Francis lives in your community. You can request your own presentation by visiting:

http://www.theclimateproject.org/presentation.php

You can also view the current schedule of presentations by visiting:

http://www.theclimateproject.org/schedule.php