Past eventUnder 35s Forum

Private Screening: The Age of Stupid

21 October 2009 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Tammy Boyce, Research Fellow, The King's Fund
Malini Mehra, Founder & CEO, Centre for Social Markets
Felix Preston, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme and Project Manager, Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security for China and Europe, Chatham House
Dr Michael Sanderson, Senior Climate Consultant, Met Office
Chair: Glada Lahn, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House



Chatham House Under 35s Forum and Young Diplomats in London, in collaboration with the Royal Commonwealth Society, are happy to invite you to a private screening of the cinema documentary The Age of Stupid. With the Copenhagen climate summit less than two months away, attention will be turned to the critical negotiations between all governments during the conference and the devastating consequences if a deal is not secured.

The Age of Stupid is a drama-documentary-animation hybrid starring Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055. As he watches archive footage from 2008, he asks: why didn't we stop climate change while we had the chance? Its makers have just rolled out a premier in over 200 countries in an ambitious attempt to galvanize viewers into action.

Following the film, a panel of experts from Chatham House, the Met office and the media will discuss issues raised by the film from the role of world leaders and international institutions in combating climate change to the effectiveness of this kind of film as advocacy.

The film will begin screening at 18.30 and will be followed by a panel discussion. There will be a wine reception from 18.00.