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A Scary Reality

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A Scary Reality

This Halloween Green Motion has put together a list of their favourite horror classics, but how can these scary-tales be related to the modern-day nightmare we're all living in?

The Burning 1981

This retro horror can be related to the climate emergency only in name. This year, we have seen record temperatures around the globe. July in the UK saw the national heat record broken as temperatures rocketed to a scorching 38.7 °C in Cambridge. It isn’t only the UK that’s turning up the heat several countries including, Germany, Belgium and Luxemburg all recorded higher temperatures between 40.8°C and 43°C in the summer months of 2019.

The real concern comes not from this year’s statistics but the last few decades worth of data relating to the average global temperature. Scientists have noted a continuous increase in temperatures across the world since the early 1990’s suggesting that this pattern is evidence of the exacerbating effects of Global Warming.

The Deep 1977

By the year 2100 some of the most famous and populous cities in the world will become scuba diving hotspots. London, Shanghai, Bangkok, Houston, Miami, Osaka, Jakarta, Manila, Dhaka, Venice, New Orleans, Rio De Janeiro, and Lagos are all cities you’ll need a submarine to visit if we do not limit global warming to 1.5°C soon as water levels will have risen to cover these areas entirely. In addition to this, it is important to note that 60% of the world population will live in these cities by 2030.

The Day After Tomorrow 2004

In this film we see a dramatic portrayal of the effects on the population after the melting of the globe’s icebergs, including the extinction of millions of animals and plants.

Current science has described effects of a similar nature to the film if we continue to underplay Global Warming. In the last 40 years the average wildlife populations have dropped by 60% and species of plants are disappearing between 1,000 and 10,000 faster than the natural extinction rate thanks to humans.


The Happening 2008

This horror sees toxic air in the atmosphere taking over the control of humans and their normal functioning. Although there is no scientific evidence that claims the race turning into automatized bodies, there are equally worrying claims about our air.

Currently, there is more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than any time since the beginning of our existence. These extreme levels of CO2 in the air prevents the earth’s natural cooling process from working which means an unparalleled amount of heat is being trapped near the surface of the Earth, in turn raising global temperatures. 

Piranha 2010

Although this film tells a rather far-fetched story about an army of pre-historic being released into the sea, there is a message here that strongly correlates with modern marine threats.

The increase temperatures in our seas of course have an effect on marine life, warmer waters mean that venomous fish such as lion fish, crown-of-thorns starfish, and box jellyfish will be entering waters closer to populated land. These dangerous species are responsible for roughly 100 human deaths per year but as each area of the sea warms, the range that is habitable for these creatures grows, bringing them closer to the human population.

Interstellar 2014

Interstellar isn’t classified as a horror film, but the message portrayed throughout the film is pretty horrifying. Once the earth is wiped of all crops and nature, thee film describes the desperate struggle to find an alternate planet for the human race to relocate to.

Worryingly, recent studies have shown that by July the 29th July this year we used all regenerative resources of 2019. This means that the following day, July 30 2019, we started to consume more resources than the planet can regenerate in a year.

Mosquito 1994

This 90’s classic reveals how a swarm of genetical modified mosquitos terrorise the population, is this scartytale becoming a reality?

Due to the increase in greenhouse emissions and global temperatures, A disease carried by mosquitos called ‘Dengue fever’ will reach South Eastern US by 2050. The disease has been known to hospitalise 100 million people per year, with around 10,000 of those passing away due to the illness. 

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