Friday, March 20, 2009

The Age of Stupid Premier

The Age of Stupid opens in theaters in the UK today. If you haven't heard of it yet, here is what it is:

"The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future, which will have its world premiere in London on March 15th 2009 and then be released in UK cinemas on March 20th 2009, followed by other countries.

Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055, looking back at “archive” footage from 2007 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?"

The movie premiers in the US in April if it does well in its initial weeks in the UK. It is shot on site in America, UK, India, Nigeria, Iraq, Jordan, and The Alps. The whole movie was funded by selling shares to individuals and groups, therefore being completely independent.Here are some quotes from the movie:

“How the heck are we meant to persuade people in India and China to develop in a more sustainable way when we’re not even prepared to accept the odd windfarm in the landscape?”

“Throughout our history, the deal was we left the world in a slightly better place than we found it. That was progress. The wheel, the rule of law, penicillin. It was our covenant with our children and grandchildren.”

“It’s strange, watching these film fragments [looking at 2007 footage in 2055]. It’s like looking through binoculars observing people on a far off beach. Running around in circles, fixated on the small area of sand beneath their feet, as a tsunami races towards them."

Since it is dubbed as "The first successful dramatization of climate change to reach the big screen," it should be on every Eco-conscious individual's 'to watch' list.

The Age of Stupid: final trailer Feb 2009, (bleeped) from Age of Stupid on Vimeo.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

BDC: Luxury Sample Sale

The Boston Design Center is having a luxury sample sale on Saturday April 4th and Sunday April 5th! It is the only planned public sample sale for 2009. You will find great deals of up to 75% off on furniture, antiques, rugs, art, and accessories. The admission to the exclusive event is $10.

Saturday, April 4 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday, April 5 • Noon–5 p.m.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Earth Hour March 28th!

More than 1,000 cities in 80 countries are expected to participate in Earth Hour on March 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Boston will shut off the lights of the Citgo sign, Zakim Bridge, Prudential Center, John Hancock Tower, and other local landmarks will "go dark" for one hour as the city joins others across the world in a climate-change campaign.

That's a great idea and everything, kudos to all those cities. But give me a break, what is one hour a year going to do?! Stop global warming, save the wales, etc...? People are finally grasping the concept but unfortunately with a 'greenwash' approach. What happens the other 364 days a year? Those city lights are on 24/7. For this to have any significant impact the lights should be off one hour every day.

Would be fun though to see that satellite image of earth at night to see how much dimmer the cities actually get in that hour, one time zone at a time.