Age of Stupid

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Theatre 1 at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal was packed out on Sunday evening 6/9/9 for a showing of the film Age of Stupid. Tickets sold out (SLACC/Transition South Lakes hope to be able to organise another screening.)

The film, by documentary maker Franny Armstrong, stars Pete Postlethwaite portrayed as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old (real documentary) footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Sonny Khan, chair of SLACC, took a question and answer session after the film. Movie goers were urged to sign up for the 10:10 campaign – to reduce your carbon footprint by 10% during 2010. This sends a powerful message that we are willing and able to make the changes to our lives necessary to avert a climate catastrophe. There are many simple things that we can do to reduce our emissions by 10% – let us as individuals publicly commit to this and acknowledge what we are doing to meet this target.

As a follow up to this screening, SLACC/TSL have organised a talk: Climate Emergency. Come along even if you missed the film, to discuss and learn about your concerns about climate change:

Climate Emergency, Thurs 17th Sept, 7-9pm, Kendal Town Hall

Phil Thornhill, National Coordinator of the Campaign Against Climate Change, will be coming to Kendal to talk about how the effects of climate change are even more rapid and dangerous than was predicted by the UN Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 report.  He will also be highlighting and discussing ‘Emergency measures’ that are sufficiently far-reaching and radical to form an appropriate response in the light of this latest science.
This is our big meet of the year, so please come along. Don’t let the fear that individual action will have no impact stop you from trying.

Lets channel our energy into coming up with some positive solutions, instead of going home feeling depressed after seeing this film. This is an important opportunity for us to get together and discuss our future. Lets make sure it’s not like the future portrayed in this film"Every day they take our oil they go. No good roads.  No school. No lights.  No water to drink. No food. No hope".

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