"In some ways, it's easy to understand one of the main reasons it's taken so much time to fully recognize the self-destructive nature of our current pattern," writes former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Al Gore in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up to his 2006 global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth. "Nevertheless, the obvious and overwhelming evidence of the damage we are causing is now increasingly impossible for reasonable people to ignore."
The Best Documentary Oscar winner, directed by Davis Guggenheim, was based on Gore's lectures and global call to action. Like its predecessor, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power does some of the same, but this time the environmentalist exposes how humankind has caused the destruction of Earth in the form of a documentary and a book, which follows Gore around the world as he ties Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters to climate change.
Gore can be heard in one of three exclusive clips, below, from the audiobook that you'll hear exclusively on EW; two others feature Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies) and Sterling K. Brown (This is Us).
In addition to stories about how science affects health — air pollution contributes to developmental problems while natural disasters contribute to spiking rates of PTSD, depression, and anxiety in children, he contends — the book also touches upon the Truth Campaign, which began in 1998 as a means to decrease tobacco use amongst teens by exposing the manipulation of that demographic by tobacco company advertisements. The fossil fuel industry, it was later revealed, used those tactics to manipulate and mislead the public about the factual causes of climate change. Gore begs the public to ask the question, "Am I being played for a fool and taken advantage of by these giant corporations?" <iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/340257272%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-n0ZiH&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" class="" allowfullscreen="" resize="0" replace_attributes="1" name=""></iframe>
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power hits theaters on July 28th. The book is available now and can be purchased here, and listen to EW's exclusive audiobook clips above.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power