The Day After Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow

2 June, 2011
Climate change flick
Action movie tackles environmental issues, but is it effective?
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When I first watched “The Day After Tomorrow” I thought it was amazing. The destruction scenes were epic, and the weather transformation was creepy. I wondered briefly whether it could make a difference in the climate conversation. But although it illustrated a worst-case scenario of climate change, it’s not about to make any waves in real awareness.

It was a fine summer action movie, but that’s all. It deserves small kudos for mentioning the climate issue and raising awareness of it, but the way it showed the entire North Hemisphere freezing was laughably unrealistic, though it was visually amazing.

What was criticized in the film, and upon reflection I agree, was that the events portrayed were very unlikely in reality. The world freezing overnight is not a concept aligned with science or with anything that has ever happened on this Earth. And while effects of global warming were shown, they were the wrong effects! For more realism, the timeline would have had to be stretched over several more decades, and instead of a new ice age, there would have to be ever-increasing heat waves, flooding and storms, as that is what scientists have predicted for our future.

Thus, this is a good film for an uneventful afternoon, but to really understand the true ramifications of global warming and climate change, you are better off finding a good book on it. Probably the best thing this movie will achieve is to get the general public a little more curious enough about climate change, and in some cases to educate themselves on it. Which is a start, because education is likely the only way that real change will be able to happen.

By: David Muir
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