I saw Cool It at the Nouveau Cinema in Rosebank. 

I am generally sceptical about Global Warming doccies. I am a defeatist with regards to the planet, I think we are heading for disaster and we have no hope. We dont care enough and the people/countries/companies that matter truly dont give a damn.

So this film was an interesting change for me. I remain sceptical about our chances to "save the world" but it was still interesting to hear a person with a differing viewpoint to the doom merchants of the environment. The point of the film is really that we have, in environmental circles the wrong attitude towards global warming and that we need to change our priorities. Instead of spending billions on carbon emmission adaptions etc what we need to do is start focussing all that money on: new energy technologies, Geoengineering (which is fascinating if scary), education and health care.

I have to say that I agree 100% with the main man of this film Bjorn Lomborg. He seems a bit self aware and a touch dashing contrarian. Still... he seems right. I say seems because there are so many people who know things in this field and I am not one of them.

There are parts of the film which are incredibly irritating, for instance his 5 minute segment with his mother (to humanise him I assume) was at best pathetic. Also talking to "generic black children in Africa" made me want to be sick, along with the Generic Mbira music which took sterotypes to new levels.

Go see the film. Its interesting and at least will take your thinking to new levels, even if you disagree with them.

Cool It Movie Poster

 

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Comment by Cover Girl on November 24, 2011 at 14:46

Dying to see it-btw love your review:)

Comment by Jozi Review on November 24, 2011 at 15:00
Many thanks CG.
Comment by Socratis Avgitidis on November 24, 2011 at 15:47

I totally agree with your statement below- Call us cynical but unfortunately this is the way it is.

I plan on seeing Cool It soon, hopefully I will find a little inspiration.

"I am a defeatist with regards to the planet, I think we are heading for disaster and we have no hope. We dont care enough and the people/countries/companies that matter truly dont give a damn."

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