Members of local environmental group have noticed an increase in membership. Although they're not sure what the rise can be attributed to, they do know Al Gore's 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" has sparked more awareness about global warming.
"We were really happy to see that someone like Al Gore, who's a recognized person, stepped up and tried to promote this issue," said John Raeside, chair of Red Earth Group, a local division of the Sierra Club, an American environmental organization. "People now know that it's not just a theory, it's a reality; it's a fact."
In the documentary, Gore warns of the doom he sees facing our planet and its inhabitants in the near future.
Deborah Dalton, adviser for OUr Earth, a student environmental group at the University of Oklahoma, said the film did an excellent job of informing the public about something it denies.
"It's because we like our comfortable lives the way they are," Dalton said, "and we really don't want to hear these comfortable lives are creating problems that are global in scope and significant in impact."
To reverse the effects, many Oklahoma groups have started initiatives to help curb global warming. For example, the University of Central Oklahoma became 100 percent powered by wind.
"(The changes) aren't hard and they're things our students want to do and our faculty want to do," said Steve Kreidler, UCO executive vice president. "Some things are just the right thing to do, so you just do them." "Krista Nightengale