"The movie Don’t Look Up
is satire. But speaking as a climate scientist doing
everything I can to wake people up and avoid planetary destruction, it’s also
the most accurate film about society’s terrifying non-response to climate
breakdown I’ve seen.
The film, from director Adam McKay and writer David Sirota, tells the story of
astronomy grad student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and her PhD adviser,
Dr Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio), who discover a comet – a “planet killer”
– that will impact the Earth in just over six months. The certainty of impact
is 99.7%, as certain as just about anything in science.
The scientists are essentially alone with this knowledge, ignored and
gaslighted by society. The panic and desperation they feel mirror the panic and
desperation that many climate scientists feel. In one scene, Mindy
hyperventilates in a bathroom; in another, Dibiasky, on national TV, screams
“Are we not being clear? We’re all 100% for sure gonna fucking die!” I can
relate. This is what it feels like to be a climate scientist today."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
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