In mid-August, the Alliance of Small Island States and the Group of LDCs (Least Developed Countries), released a joint
Picture: Taken in Victoria after 2004 Tsunami
On the social side of things, a controversial movie has been released to mixed reactions. Hailed and lambasted equally, the "Age of Stupid" is a film set in the devastated future world of 2055. It looks at old footage from 2008, and asks the question, "why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?" Its main star is a man who has survived the devastation. But the producers also picked six other people to focus on based on "hotspots".
Twenty three year old Layefa Mayemi, a medical student from the Niger Delta, represents the LDCs. As she goes fishing every day she discovers the river is "not good" because of the pollution caused by the extraction of millions of dollars worth of oil from the area.
The film is powerfully pessimistic. Its aim is to shock every individual to the harsh reality of our times. During its launch in the UK the President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed sent this message.
"Now the world has an opportunity to come together and prevent the looming environmental catastrophe. That opportunity is called Copenhagen. And let’s be very frank about this: Copenhagen can be one of two things. It can be an historic event where the world unites against carbon pollution, in a collective spirit of co-operation and collaboration. Or, Copenhagen can be a suicide pact. The choice is that stark. My message to you, my message to the world, is simply this: please, don’t be stupid."
At the end of the film one ought to feel like they don't want to live stupid. They should want to take action for the planet and for their country. To assist us "the NOT STUPID" campaign has been launched, and will run up to the climate talks. It is supported by among others WWF, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. The campaign is targeted mainly at people from the rich nations but it is relevant to people all over the world. It lists a number of actions that one can take. Reducing our individual carbon footprint is one of them. So is adding a voice to the other millions of voices demanding for firm action to reduce emissions, and fast!