Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Climate Change Wars: The Latest

Let's face it: climate change is a big issue right now. You can't be in politics, or interested in it, without knowing it. Lawyers have to take notice too: effective climate change policy usually means law and regulation on a grand, global scale. Next week offers two key events in the geo-political climate change movement.  First, of course, is the UN summit on the issue, being attended by President Obama and over 100 world leaders.  The second is decidedly less "world government" and more grass roots, but may actually be more important in getting global leaders' attention. Next week British documentarian Franny Armstrong's film "Age of Stupidity" is premiering world-wide, with the help of former UN Sec Gen Kofi Annan, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, and other celebrity/activists.  But what is notable, in particular, is that it's screening not only in 400 locations across the United States, but in over 200 locations around the world, from "Lebanon and Tehran to a sports stadium on the Pacific island of Kiribati...".  Over 50 countries are involved.

Organizers are trying to top Star Wars' record of 800 premieres.  Apparently already politicos the world over are all trying to get a piece of the action, with special screenings for the World Bank, the EPA, and an "Obama think tank". It'll be interesting to see the ripple effects of the film, politically or otherwise, both at the UN Summit, and abroad.

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