Climate Change Is a Real Terror, But Not Like “The Day After Tomorrow”
“The Day After Tomorrow” is iconic as a science fiction movie, both as a movie that championed a necessary social cause and a film with some ridiculous exaggerations of science. This movie showed audiences a world set in the present, but with a new ice age overtaking the world. “The Day After Tomorrow” took some serious liberties with fundamental physics. For one example, in “The Day After Tomorrow” the Gulf Stream stops entirely, and this is supposed to explain how the rest of the events happen so fast. Climate scientists thought it could weaken, but this movie blows it way out of proportion.
Sir David King was the UK’s chief scientific adviser when “The Day After Tomorrow” came out. He summed it up neatly when he said, “The film brings events together into a highly unlikely or even impossible scenario.” Other than some events being impossible, he also criticized the timeline of “The Day After Tomorrow,” saying that this sci-fi movie presents events unfolding within a few weeks that “…would take decades or a century”. Scientists didn’t only have negative things to say when this movie came out. They also hoped Americans would see the film and heed its warnings about the genuine catastrophes that climate change will bring.