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The Age of Stupid

The Age of Stupid

Yesterday the new climate change movie “The Age of Stupid” had premiere in the UK. The movie stars Pete Postlethwaite as an archivist in the devastated world of the future, asking the question: "Why didn't we stop climate change when we still had the chance?" He looks back on footage of real people around the world in the years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate change took place.

The movie has already received positive reviews in the press and celebrities, politicians and environmentalists have all praised it. The Guardian has said the movie is “fascinating”. And that “the message, never stated but constantly emerging, is that we all have our self-justifying myths. These myths prevent us from engaging with climate change.” The New Statesman says the movie is “anything but a good-guys-versus-bad-guys polemic. It is angry but nuanced, despairing but strangely motivating.”

Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London have praised the movie and said that "every single person in the country should be forcibly made to watch this film". George Monbiot, Britain’s leading green commentator, has said that "it is a captivating and constantly surprising film: the first successful dramatisation of climate change to reach the big screen".

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I am definitely looking forward to watch this movie. Maybe. Just maybe it will be better than Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. What do you think?

Watch the Trailer:

The Age of Stupid: final trailer, Feb 2009 HD from Age of Stupid on Vimeo.

The movie is directed by Franny Armstrong, produced by John Battsek and will be released in UK cinemas on 20 March 2009, followed by other countries. The movie will be followed by a “Not Stupid” campaign that will help put "serious pressure on the decision makers at Copenhagen in December”.

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Hey...I am alarmed to see even one person vote 'No' that they won't watch the film. I have of course been aware of the climate change issue for a large portion of my life. From as early as 16, 17 and 18 I was at times in awe, and frequently severely depressed at the overwhelming amount of horror there was to discover once you have broken free of shakespear, media studies, algebra and daytime TV. The horror of war, poverty, oppression... and now of course, Climate change. If you care about anything, if you support any issue, if you care not just for future generations... but current ones too, how, can you not care about Climate change? My immediate response to anyone dismissing this as myth, is simply - why would anyone invent such an cataclysmic event? Who would benefit? Because as anyone educated in the subject will know - realistically, nobody benefits. In fact tackling climate change as quickly as we need to, will or would cause huge upset - but none quite so huge as the upset should we continue to ignore the problem. Hey, I don't like the world, but it's better then nothing, as they say, isn't it. I don't want to go all Samwise Gamgee on you, but there's some good in the world, Mr Frodo, an' it's worth figthin' for.

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To be honest I'm quite fashinated by the idea that this might really happen. The world as it is today - it just doesn't work and it doesn't seem to change to the better in the near future. So it would be exciting to have another World War or the climate change. After all there are TOO MANY people in this world, so it wouldn't hurt if, lets say, half of them died. That is - as long as I'm not in that half XD P.s. I know, I'm bad

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@ zurum: Well that is called ecofacism. And we don't want that. According to UN the world's population is expected to peak at around 9 billion by 2060 and then to decline to around 8.5 billion by 2100. And our earth *can* handle that if it must. The real problem is our extreme overconsumption. They only reason overpopulation is seen as a problem among some folks in the West is because it's the only environmental problem that can be blamed on the poor developing countries.
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