If I may bring to your attention something that David and Polly consider important, tomorrow marks the UK cinema release of a new film, six years in the making: an eco-documentary fusing fact, fiction and animation called The Age of Stupid.
Directed by Franny Armstrong, who you may recall from 1997’s McLibel, it stars Pete Postlethwaite as the isolated curator of a world museum in the year 2055, a wealth of gloomy archive material from the fifty years previous at his disposal.
The world in 2055, by the way, is in ruins. Postlethwaite, in surveying the volumes of depressing evidence, wonders why we didn’t do more to try to minimise the effects of climate change.
Along the way we are introduced to several characters: a French mountain guide who has witnessed the shrinking glaciers of the Chamonix valley; the potential medical student from the Niger Delta, whose dream is to “live like an American”; and the street children of Jordan who, since their home was destroyed and father killed by a missile, eke out a living selling second-hand shoes.
Here’s some video from the weekend’s premiere – which David and Polly attended – featuring Armstrong, Postlethwaite and UK Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband (and there’s lots more video here and here).
If you’re suitably intrigued, click here for details of how you can see The Age of Stupid; it’s certainly something that everyone should see.
What would be really, really good is if you could also let our world leaders know that you expect a strong successor to Kyoto at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in December by taking the Copenhagen pledge. It’ll only take a minute.