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Wake up call… by Chuck Baclagon
September 23, 2009, 9:08 am
Filed under: Philippines, Stop climate change | Tags: , , , , ,
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?

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?

“We could have saved ourselves, but we didn’t. It’s amazing. What state of mind were we in, to face extinction and simply shrug it off?”

These were the words that reverberated in my mind in the darkness of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

Watching the movie reminded me of a line from crossover-thrash song that I used to listen to when I was younger.

The line reads:

“Will our children look back
With hatred or despair
At a generation of idiots
Who just didn’t care”

The title of the song is Acid Rain, which was a single from D.R.I.’s 1992 album Definition. As the title of the song suggests it is about acid rain and how our unsustainable lifestyles are slowly destroying the earth, upon which the presence of acid rain is an indication of how messed up our environment is at the moment.

More than a decade later we are now faced with something more menacing than acid rain –climate change.

“Blurring the boundary between sci-fi and documentary, Franny Armstrong’s The Age of Stupid peers back in time from a climate crisis-wracked 2055 to lament our current inaction on the mother of all conflicts: The war on terra.”

Scott Thill
Wired
18 September 2009

We already know the causes – humankind’s relentless burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. We already know some of the impacts – the melting of polar ice caps, rising oceans, severe droughts, the spread of diseases, massive flooding, coral bleaching and surging storms. We already know who will be hit hardest – coastal countries, island nations, and underdeveloped regions like Southeast Asia.

Yet in spite of this, little action is still taken by those who have the power to change the tide on the matter.

Part of the movie’s aim is to help turn up the volume of public pressure ahead of a make-or-break UN conference in Copenhagen in December charged with delivering a planet-saving climate treaty.

Hopefully this movie will contribute to change our collective consciousness on the issue of climate change that it would stir us all into becoming a critical mass that would pave the way for a breakthrough deal in the Copenhagen Summit.

Chuck Baclagon

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