I know MNN readers aren’t particularly violent or murderous people, but have you ever heard a fervent climate change denier share their non-scientifically-based opinions on TV (or worse, in real life) and thought, “It would be so much easier to tackle global climate change if these naysayers were blown up like BP’s oil well”?
Then I’ve got a four-minute video you must watch. Called “No Pressure
,” this short film “celebrates everybody who is actively tackling climate change… by blowing up those are aren’t.”
[Update: The explosive video turned out to be too explosive. Earlier today, the 10:10 people took down "No Pressure" with this apology: "Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn't and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended.... At 10:10 we're all about trying new and creative ways of getting people to take action on climate change. Unfortunately in this instance we missed the mark. Oh well, we live and learn.]
That’s how the mini-movie director Franny Armstrong (McLibel
, The Age of Stupid
) describes “No Pressure” in an email she sent out to her fans today. “No Pressure” may be short, but it’s packed with star power — including music from Radiohead, comic writing from screenwriter Richard Curtis, and appearances by X-Files’ Gillian Anderson and past and present Spurs players.
“No Pressure” was made as part of the 10:10 campaign
— an international effort to get everyone to commit to cutting down carbon emissions every year starting in 2010. The 10:10 people, as you may have guessed, have teamed up with the 10/10/10 people
, who are organizing the global work party to address global warming on Oct. 10.
I hope you’ve committed to both — an action that you can actually carry out in real life (as blowing up people should be kept an imaginary fantasy, even when you’re thinking of BP’s leadership). I’ll be writing more about what I plan to do on 10/10/10 soon. What are your plans?