The Age of Stupid
Were you stunned by the recent storm? Will the rising energy of Greenhouse Warming unleash even stronger storms on Salt Spring in the future? Join the Transition Salt Spring Education Committee for a presentation of the 2009 film, The Age of Stupid, a surprisingly contemporaneous look at the growing Climate Crisis.
The film begins in the year 2055, in a world ravaged by catastrophic climate change; London is flooded, Sydney is burning, Las Vegas has been swallowed up by desert, the Amazon rainforest has burnt up, snow has vanished from the Alps, and nuclear war has laid waste to India. An unnamed archivist (Pete Postlethwaite) is entrusted with the safekeeping of humanity’s surviving store of art and knowledge. Alone in his vast repository off the coast of the largely ice-free Arctic, he reviews archival footage from back “when we could have saved ourselves”, trying to discern where it all went wrong. Amid news reports of the gathering effects of climate change and global civilization teetering towards destruction, he alights on six stories of individuals whose lives in the early years of the 21st century seem to illustrate aspects of the impending catastrophe. These six stories take the form of interweaving documentary segments that report on the lives of real people around the year 2008 and switch the film’s narrative form from fiction to fact.
The film is free to anyone in the community. A short optional discussion will follow the 90 minute film.