Greenpeace supports the global screenings of “The Age of Stupid”

Feature story - September 23, 2009
Greenpeace called on world leaders to "Be smart, not stupid" as climate talks take center stage at the special session of the United Nations General Assembly on climate change in New York today. The environmental group supported the roll-out of the global screenings of “Age of Stupid” with a premiere screening taking place in 50 countries, in every continent – including Antarctica – on September 21-22, hopefully setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest ever simultaneous screening.

In the Philippines, Greenpeace held the premiere on September 22 at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for media, online reviewers, and environment network partners.

In the Philippines, Greenpeace held the premiere on September 22 at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for media, online reviewers, and environment network partners, and a "green carpet" gala screening will be held on October 13 at the Glorietta 4 Cinema 3 in Makati at 7:00PM.  Subsequent screenings are also being organized by Greenpeace and its partner organizations in the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA).

The premier screening in Bangkok, is part of the ongoing Greenpeace Chang[e]Caravan which is currently traversing Thailand's Central Plains, gathering voices of climate change impacted communities and calling on world leaders to take decisive climate action.

"I thought the Age of Stupid was an incredibly powerful account of the effects of climate change, the urgency, of climate change and the reasons we must act as quickly as possible."

Ed Miliband

UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

"Our goal is to get this film in front of 250 million people, and hopefully create 25 million climate activists," said Von Hernandez, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. "It might be an impossible goal, but we'd be stupid not to try."

"I was nodding to myself all the way through, thinking 'How can I reduce my flights? 'Can I install a wind turbine at home?'. It is definitely going to change my life. It was so powerful and so moving I wanted it to go on for another hour."

Gillian Anderson, actress

Age of Stupid is directed by Franny Armstrong (McLibel), and produced by Lizzie Gillett and Oscar winner John Battsek (One Day in September). It 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?" It has been described by media and politicians alike as of vital importance and essential viewing to anyone who cares about the survival of our planet.

Greenpeace supported the premier screening, which coincides with the UN General Assembly in New York, as part of the campaign to get a deal that is fair, ambitious and binding at this year's UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December. At the moment there is a huge gap between what needs to be done and what world leaders are promising to do. Greenpeace is asking rich countries, which account for majority of carbon emissions, to agree to more substantial emissions cuts, as well as to come up with a finance package for countries like the Philippines that are most vulnerable and least prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change.

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