Ed vs Franny
The UK's Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, and the The Age of Stupid's director, Franny Armstrong, have been engaged in a protracted dialogue around the big issues of climate politics since the film's UK Premiere in March. Through each episode in this heated exchange, Franny's uncompromising clarity of vision rubs up against Ed's pragmatic political realism in interesting ways, and the sparks that fly shed light on the challenges ahead as civilization strives to make the changes we need to survive the century.
Framed by the surprise announcement by the Maldivian President that his country is to go carbon-neutral within 10 years, Ed is 'ambushed' on stage by Pete Postlethwaite, who pledges to return his OBE if Ed agrees to the construction of new coal power stations in the UK.
Ed bravely shows there are no hard feelings over his 'kebab' experience at the Premiere, by agreeing to join Franny in conversation after a screening of Stupid at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, London. Ed makes headlines on this occasion by telling the audience that, "The government needs to be saying, 'It is socially unacceptable to be against wind turbines in your area - like not wearing your seatbelt or driving past a zebra crossing'."
In which Ed defends the aspirations to consumer culture of today's large developing nations, and Franny explains the implications of steeply falling emissions for the frequent-flyers of Britain - and for the government's policy of trying to triple the number of flights we take.