Film shows difference between science fiction, science fact

The film The Day After Tomorrow depicts Earth in the very near future coping with the disastrous impacts of global climate change. While the movie is entertaining fiction, global warming is a fact, and its impacts can be seen happening now. People either accept this reality and are working toward solutions, or are in denial.

“The Day After Tomorrow uses wild dramatic license and special effects to dramatize a very real problem. Global warming isn’t just something happening in movie theaters. It’s happening all around us, and will keep happening until we get greenhouse gas pollution under control,” said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense.

“The Day After Tomorrow exaggerates the impacts of global warming, but it’s no exaggeration to say that global warming is happening now, and that our children and grandchildren will have to live with the consequences,” said Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Environmental Defense science adviser and a Princeton professor.

“It won’t take as much flooding as in the movie to turn New York upside down. New York’s infrastructure; the airports and the train, subway and automobile tunnels are all at serious flood risk in a greenhouse future. Weather-related shutdowns of these facilities could become the rule, rather than the exception, if global warming is not controlled,” said Krupp.

Environmental Defense, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 400,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

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