Monday, 16 March 2009
The "Age of Stupid" is the new movie from Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel) and producer John Battsek (One Day In September). Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? It will be released in UK cinemas on 20 March 2009, followed by other countries.
The film was simultaneously premiered in 65 places (including the Eden project)
U.K. Minister for Energy and Climate Change Ed Milliband was interviewed afterwards onstage (video below), but he continues to use "growth" as an option! They say that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem and so Milliband must be part of the "Age of Stupid" problem. Until these people begin to integrate their thinking about all the threats - climate change; peak oil; economic meltdown and global population - into one seamless strategy, they will not comprehend that economic growth is no longer an option. Economic development is. Further conventional economic growth is impossible without the worst of all consequences. Somebody please try to get this through to our "Age of Stupid" States.
I am fed up with being polite. I think the time is ripe for people who know their stuff to stand up and call into question the "Age of Stupid" and the politicians and their advisers who promulgate it as somehow sensible and maintain and enhance it with their half baked hubris and their delusions of adequacy. Above all else, they are recklessly fooling the public - whether deliberately or inadvertently is moot. Sustainability is not merely desirable, it is a matter of life or death.