The Day After Tomorrow: Remediating Global Warming Essay
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Global warming, an increase in the average of Earth’s temperature, has been occurring since the 1800s. A majority of climatologists conclude that human activities are responsible for most of the warming. The main human activities that contribute to global warming are the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) and the clearing of land (NASA). Since wealthier industrial countries use most of the world’s fossil fuels, they not surprisingly contribute most to this phenomenon. Europe, Japan, and North America – with roughly fifteen percent of the world’s current population – are estimated to account for two-thirds of the carbon dioxide now in the atmosphere (Gotham Gazette). Even though it comprises less than five percent of the…show more content… In the film, Emmerich strategically obliterates American landmarks, deliberately picks out the main victims of global warming, and incorporates scenes that use computer generated imagery. By utilizing these filming methods, Emmerich creates a quality disaster genre film.
Emmerich specifically chooses Americans to be the main victims of the supernatural effects given rise to by global warming. His message is made immediate: Americans are the primary contributors of global warming, and therefore will be the main victims of their own actions. By targeting Americans, Emmerich appeals through pathos and engenders a special relationship between the audience and the movie. Emmerich intends to make Americans realize that they are causing global warming. Emmerich’s choice in purposely targeting Americans might be because they make up the main audience and generate more revenue for the film than any other country. This film is relatable to the audience because most Americans are indifferent to the effects that global warming causes. Again, Emmerich tries to emphasize that heating of the earth’s surface is a