20th Century Fox: The Day After Tomorrow

Goodbye Godzilla and space aliens, this summer, it’s abrupt climate change that’s making headlines as Hollywood’s latest larger-than-life villain. In 20th Century Fox’s film The Day After Tomorrow, moviegoers will watch New York City go from sweltering metropolis to ice-age wasteland in a mere 96 hours, as other parts of the world are tormented with killer hailstones, monstrous tornadoes, earthquakes, and other mega-disasters.

Rest assured, Earth’s climate will never “flip” in a matter of hours or days. Yet The Day After Tomorrow brings attention to a real problem: climate change. Earth is warming at a faster rate than ever before in recorded history. Human activities like driving automobiles and burning coal are putting more and more heat-trapping gases—including carbon dioxide (CO2)—into the atmosphere. These gases form a “blanket” around Earth that is driving up global temperatures.

As our planet heats up, we’re already seeing negative consequences in the form of polar ice melt, sea level rise, and more frequent weather-related disasters like intense heat waves and storms. The time is now for us to do our part in conserving energy and polluting less.

Worldwatch has assembled a variety of resources within the pages of this portal that explain what climate change and global warming are, how these trends affect people and the environment, and what we can do to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases.

If you have a question that’s not addressed in these pages we encourage you to join our live online discussion about climate change and The Day After Tomorrow on June 4 at 2:00 PM EDT. You can submit questions now for this chat.