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The Age of Stupid | The Film

October 6, 2009

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“The Americans are not like us. We wear our shoes till they fall apart. But if any little thing is wrong with theirs, they throw them away”.

This time we’re going to talk about a new film, called The Age of Stupid. This is a 90 min. cinema documentary that talks about climate change. As read in their press release: This enormously ambitious drama-documentary-animation hybrid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055, watching ‘archive’ footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change while we had the chance?

There has been several films trying to catch our attention over Climate Change, like famous An Inconvenient Truth or The Day After Tomorrow. This time is not a vision of the future but a retrospective from the past by a man that is living in the year 2050.

What is interesting about the film, besides the special effects we’re used to see in this kind of film, is all the research that underlies behind the documentary. As Dr Richard Betts [Head of Climate Impacts, Met Office Hadley Centre] quotes about this:

“The climate science in The Age Of Stupid is based on that of the international climate research community including the Met Office Hadley Centre, as assessed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and accepted by the world’s governments.

While some scenarios depicted are at the extreme end of the range of possibilities within the timeframe of the movie, they are nevertheless physically plausible and illustrate the real risks posed by unmitigated climate change.”

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The team were supported by some experts on Climate Change, trying to make this science-fiction film the most close as it can be to reality in the future. They worked closely with respected climate expert Mark Lynas to ensure that all of the scenarios shown in Stupid represent a credible view of the future which is drawn from mainstream peer-reviewed climate science. Here is the Met Office’s full response to the science of Stupid.

Interesting topics: They published at the site the Carbon Footprint consumed in making the movie. This is not a brand new initiative, but what is interesting is to know that the results are equivalent to 8 British people for 1 year, 4 American people for 1 year, 1000 Tanzanians people for 1 year, 91 people living sustainably for 1 year. 4 American people for 1 year consume the same than 1000 Tanzanians people for 1 year… this is something to think about.

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