Endless Curiosity

September 18, 2009

The Age of Stupid

Filed under: Climate Change — Alec @ 1:38 am

There was an article in the Guardian yesterday where a Chinese government advisor said that China is not going to meet its climate change emissions targets.

“You should not target China to fulfill the two degree target. That is just a vision. Reality has deviated from that vision,” said Dai. “We do not think that target provides room for developing countries.” China argues that its priority must be economic growth to relieve poverty among its vast population.

Which reminds me of the book Ultimatum, set in 2032 about the confrontation between the U.S. and China over emissions. I previously wrote about it here and highly recommend it.

There’s a new movie coming out called The Age of Stupid, set in the year 2055 and looking back at the decisions we made in 2008 that got us to that point. It’s being released simultaneously across the world on Monday, September 21, and will be playing in Boulder at 5:30 at the Century.

The movie has been getting lots of good reviews, but as one reviewer in the Guardian said,

If Pete had actually watched his footage, instead of fine-tuning his grimace, he might have realised he was asking the wrong question. The delinquents being depicted may have been selfish, but they weren’t actually stupid. They launched new airlines, turned up the gas and bought unnecessary stuff because they wanted to do these things. Though some may have professed scepticism about climate change, the unfortunate truth is that most didn’t really care that much what might or might not happen in 2055. In any case, they knew that whatever they did as individuals would make no real difference to a problem that confronted them collectively, if at all.

And therein lies the big problem. Most people don’t care about climate change. The elderly won’t be around to face its consequences, and many of the rest don’t think it will seriously affect them.  In the meantime, let’s party like it’s 1999.

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