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Win Free Tickets to the NYC Premiere of The Age of Stupid!

by , 09/17/09

WIN FREE TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE OF THE AGE OF STUPID!

In case you haven’t heard about The Age of Stupid yet, it’s the climate change film that everyone has been buzzing about – and the grand opening is next week! We’ll be at the opening at the Chelsea Cinema in NYC to witness the nationwide opening of this fascinating movie on Monday, September 21 and we want YOU to join us. We’ve got free tickets to give away to 2 lucky winners – to enter, just leave a comment on this post by Saturday, September 19th, stating what you think are the most important things we need to do help fight climate change. Good luck and hope to see you there!

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  1. simple411 September 19, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    The most effective to combat global warming is that everyone becomes. a vegetarian. The main cause of global warming is animal industry. Animal wastes produce toxic greenhouse gases, including methane, nitro-oxide. Animal agriculture contributes to global warming than transportation. We should education people about this and encourage them to become vegetarian.

  2. oregon424 September 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Let’s get real.

    Everyone already understands the need to work toward technological innovation to solve our problems. Most people realize that we must begin to implement and enforce creative and urgent policies in order to address the threat of imminent ecological collapse. Many people are aware that our local municipalities must design solutions in terms of how cities are planned. The amount of people who realize we must reform the way we produce food is growing everyday. So what is the missing? Given all of this information and all of these potential solutions, why are we not progressing faster than we are in terms of planning and executing comprehensive solutions to solve climate change?

    Unfortunately, we cannot simply rely on science or policy to dig our way out of this problem, because the problem is not simply a physical one – it is psychological. It is based in how we think, consume, and find meaning. It is based in how we behave, and what we have been conditioned to believe for generation upon generation is common sense. Business as usual, what we have been trained to believe is business as usual, is jeopardizing our future survival. And that is why neither technology nor government alone can dig us out of this hole – those are important elements, but we must simultaneously understand that we have a psychological problem, or what I like to call a global psychological pandemic that must be addressed. In a sense, we are engaging in suicidal, destructive behavior, and the question we must ask ourselves is why? Not until we understand that will we be able to undergo the necessary global shift in mentality that must happen if we plan on saving our planet and our species.

    We have a very profound ability to dismiss the future livelihood of billions of people because it does not immediately impact us. And if we are ever going to solve the climate crisis, that mentality must change, and it must change fast. But as we know from the “bystander effect,” it is not going to change on its own, those people over there are not going to change it, we all must work together, everyone must take the lead and lead by example. Is it possible?

  3. Be Veg Go Green September 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    * According to the UN report “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” livestock production is the greatest contributor to global warming.
    * Methane from livestock is 23 times the Global Warming Potential of CO2 over 100 years, 72 times over 20 years.
    * Animal waste and feed cropland dump more pollutants into our waterways than all other human activities combined.
    * Meat-based diets require 10-20 times as much land as plant-based diets – nearly half of the world’s grains & soybeans are fed to animals.

    So, eating a plant-based diet is the best way to fight climate change! It is something that every single person can do for the environment. We don’t even need to wait for the politicians or new technologies. Just go veg, and we can save the world before it’s too late!

  4. eincline September 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    1. Increase awareness via public education and social media devices.

    2. Become entrepreneurs of eco-friendly practices including design, political movements, home-life activities and share discoveries with others. If you don’t have an idea yourself, find someone who does and do all you can to support him or her in those efforts.

  5. jssk September 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    The most important thing that WE need to do to fight climate change is: to inform our government (politicians, congress) about the effects that global warming has had in this country and explain to them why it is important for them to take a stand to fight against global warming by implementing strict environmental policies.

    Why? Because WE can start buying eco-friendly products and live a more sustainable life, but it is the government who can make the our country a sustainable nation.

    Why strict environmental policies? Because many people and companies even when aware about their carbon footprint do not act accordingly to reduce it, and strict environmental policies can act as an active reminder of what we ought to do to preserve our environment.

    Sadly politicians have the last word, but WE can promote the change. WE need to inform/educate our society, rethink and redesign our companies, and make our government take climate change seriously.

  6. blblack00 September 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Fight Climate Change:

    Begins with understanding what causes climate change, both natural and human. Proper education should be offered in school and to the general public.

    To help slow down the human effects on the climate we need to reduce fossil fuels and greenhouse gases such as methane. Obviously recycling is a huge way to reduce waste and landfill growth. We also have to reduce gas and electricity needs through natural sources like solar and wind.

    Advancement in technology is the answer. We need “electronics” such as computers and televisions that aren’t powered by convention methods. We need mass production of cars and public transportation that aren’t fueled by conventional methods. We need consistent national laws for recycling.

    We need to forget the conventional methods and embrace the changes taking place.

  7. dmo228 September 18, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    People need to stopping pretending being “green” is an option. Its never been an option, it is really the only way we can continue our species.

  8. gmoke September 17, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    In the USA, we should have a weatherization barnraising on the White House with the full participation of “This Old House,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” HGTV, current.tv, DIY channel…. That should kick-start a nation-wide educational campaign for energy efficiency and resource conservation.

    In the world, I’d concentrate on small scale solar for LED lighting and cell phone (and netbook) charging. This could be financed by replacing three stone cooking fires with more efficient and easily affordable cookstoves. This is a model that already exists in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania.

  9. AllegraDesign September 17, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    The real problem is that most people (at least in the US) don’t know what green really means– we need to abandon this idea of “greening” things we already have that are icky, and adopting ways and products that are inherently green– like many other cultures have. Easier said than done, I know.

  10. audris September 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    We need to re-establish the lifestyle and paced world that we have created. If consumers and industries take the opportunity to acknowledge the consequences of their actions affecting the future, little by little we can alter our course from peril.

    Discovering simple ways to recycle and reuse is always the best form of reducing waste and pollution. Finding a middle ground between our existing lives in human progression and keeping true to the purity of nature can be found in all aspects of our world.

  11. Mojisan September 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Fighting climate change will have to start with changing peoples opinions. Convincing friends and neighbors that climate change is happening and effects us more with each passing day should be a top priority. While an interested few will lead the way to change on a national or international level, each of us should look to our own daily consumption habits and an effort to *Use Less Stuff* and in turn *Throw Away Less Stuff*. Lead by example and encourage those around you to live an everyday greener lifestyle – it will foster awareness for climate change and reduce your own impact as well.

  12. OuranosSkia September 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I think one of the best ways that we can help fight climate change is to spend more time researching technologies that help restore the ozone, reduce the space taken up by housing to allow for more plant-life in highly populated areas, and find better ways to reduce the carbon footprint from the factories and such that have a heavy impact on the environment (such as filters on exhaust vents that catch harmful poullutants).

  13. Lndscpurbnsm September 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    1. We need to educate/inform society on the benefits of energy conservation and efficiency, resource management, etc. (irrespective of climate change);

    2. We need to realign (or simply remove altogether) current legislation, planning and funding that subsidizes sprawl, consumption or other ‘waste’ intensive practices; and

    3. Rethink, completely, the notion of ‘waste’ and adapt current methods of production and consumption into a cycle that mimics the functions of natural lifecycles where one components waste is a resource for another.

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