by Michael dEstries
Categories: Film/TV.

snipshot_a9dkldrooo4.jpgSteven Spielberg loved ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, but apparently thought the entire ending was a bit of a downer. Spielberg, known for upbeat films such as ‘Schindler’s List, ‘War of the Worlds’, and ‘Saving Private Ryan’, would instead like to take Gore’s message and give a little more hope to it by showing what people are doing to help; specifically what one green architect is doing to help, William McDonough.

According to an article in Business 2.0, McDonough was called by Spielberg last spring and asked to fly to LA for a meeting. Once there (why they just couldn’t do a video-conference is beyond me), Spielberg revealed his master plan to create a documentary about the green-guru. McDonough explained, “He’d just seen Al Gore’s movie and felt it would be great to make a film about what people are doing about [global warming]. The ending of Gore’s film is tragic, because after showing the scale of the catastrophe, he says, ‘There’s some hope here,’ but the hope is what? Buy hybrid? Change your lightbulbs? It’s not enough!”

I hope this movie/documentary does a little more than revolve around McDonough. It would be incredible if Spielberg picked out several green innovators and highlighted their efforts as well. Green architecture is simply a piece of the puzzle. If he truly wanted to create a film of hope, there should be several aspects of world-changing practices included. Not to mention, a really kick-ass Powerpoint/Keynote presentation. Gore would be proud.

via Treehugger, Jetson Green, and your mom.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Preston

    Do I know your mom? Powerpoint? No, how about OpenOffice Impress? Just kidding.

    Seriously. You’re right, green architecture is just a piece of the puzzle, but if you think about how construction, building, operations, renovations, etc., affect our national GDP, you’d be surprised. What I mean is, this entire phenomenon of real estate is where most of our energy and resources go. It’s a big aspect of our economy and a bigger aspect of where we borrow from nature. So while it is a piece of the puzzle, it’s a big a** piece. Bigger than the impact of cars, I would suspect. So yeah, this could be an interesting film. I’ll watch it.

  • michael

    Agreed. The future of housing: what it’s made of, how it’s created, etc is very important. I could see Spielberg taking this concept and branching off from it to talk about other alternative ideas and innovations that can become a part of home (solar, geothermal, organic, wind, etc.). I just hope it isn’t an architecture documentary because, while fascinating, it would do little to bring audiences to the theaters. Knowing Spielberg, however, it could turn this into something as big — if not bigger — than Gore’s little film.

  • Julia Schopick

    As a “fellow fan” of , I hope you will want to listen to The Keeper, Inc.’s online audio interview of’s Simran Sethi, at — (The Keeper, Inc., by the way, is the manufacturer of the environment-friendly Keeper and Moon Cup reusable menstrual cups.)

    Simran Sethi, who is fast becoming a shining “eco-star” (she has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and the Oprah Show!) gave a really informative and lively interview. Do check it out!

    Thanks for your wonderful website!
    Julia Schopick
    The Keeper, Inc.

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