The Age of Stupid (Storyville) - BBC4 (available on iPlayer)

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The Age of Stupid (Storyville) - BBC4 (available on iPlayer)

Did anyone see this? Absolutely brilliant, yet deeply harrowing. Should be shown to every secondary school pupil in the UK as part of PSE.

In short, it is 'set' in 2055, in a bunker, 800 miles north of Norway; where Pete Postlethwaite has gathered together an archive of the World. Because the World has succumbed to climate change.

It uses actual footage from 2007 and 2008, including hugely emotional stories from children from Iraq, a woman in Nigeria in the middle of a Shell development, and a Mont Blanc tour guide who has been conducting tours of the area since 1956 and, from being able to step straight onto a glacier, now has to traverse down about 5 ladders to reach it because it has melted so much.

Essential viewing for everyone - particularly everyone who thinks that climate change is imagined, or thinks 'why bother, I can't do anything'.

I've been sat in tears just thinking how I will probably be dead in 2055, but my darling children won't be. I might even have grandchildren. They'll be the ones paying the price for our ridiculous consumption and selfishness.

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Not seen it jacs but it does sound like one that older kids should be watching - I watched that Gun rush the other day and it really made me cry so I'll catch this one maybe when no one is in.

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But global warming is completely natural, it's happened before and it will happen again no matter what we do.
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But it hasn't happened before in a hugely overdeveloped world pumping carbon into the air and billions of tons of stuff into landfills, has it? So how do we absolutely KNOW there is nothing we can do? Are we just going to sit back and carry on regardless, and pay no heed to what future generations might suffer because of us putting our head in the sand? Surely if we all did a bit, it MIGHT help. It might not, but at least we would have tried.
Cancer is completely natural, it's happened before and will happen again, but it doesn't mean we have to give in to it. We try and fix that, don't we?

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That's a good point about the Cancer but I don't think global warming is worth getting upset over, no you are right it hasn't happened in the modern world and it's obviously accelarated the process but it's still going to happen one day.
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