Liverpool - 'Stupid' film aids clever climate choices

5th February 2010 at 00:00

Schools across Liverpool will be expected to teach their pupils about climate change using the international award-winning British film The Age of Stupid as part of the curriculum.

Liverpool Council has called on every secondary school in the city to use the film, starring one-time Oscar nominee Pete Postlethwaite, as part of lessons in an attempt to raise awareness of global warming.

Schools will receive a special pack containing a copy of the DVD, a DVD-ROM and lesson plans to encourage students to learn more about their environment.

Berni Turner, executive member for the environment at the council, said: "We first screened The Age of Stupid last year as part of Year of the Environment's successful Four Corners project, and it had and amazing, hard-hitting effect on the audience.

"It is our priority to make sure future generations are aware of the impact our actions have on the environment and introducing this film as part of the curriculum makes perfect sense."

Councillor Turner added: "The DVD is a creative and educational way of getting pupils to talk about climate change and hopefully the actions of future generations will prevent the devastation portrayed on the screen."

The film stars Postlethwaite as a man living in a desolate 2055, looking back at the year 2008, asking why the human race didn't do more to prevent climate change.

The education pack includes 10 lesson plans. Among other activities, pupils are asked to make a film about how they can protect the environment and stage a debate on the pros and cons of wind farms. RV.

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