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Classic movie prediction of world in 2022 with global warming may be accurate

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Now that we have gone through the primary movies we wanted to watch with our Netflix subscription, we’re receiving the older classic movies on our list. This week, we received the classic movie “Soylent Green”. My wife hadn’t seen it yet, so I thought she needed to see it, and it was a long time ago when I watched it.

If you forgot or haven’t seen it before, the movie was filmed in 1973, and the backdrop is New York City in 2022. The film overlays “a dystopian future suffering from pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans, and a hot climate due to the greenhouse effect.” I had actually forgotten it mentioned the greenhouse effect, so that was a pleasant surprise.

When you compare the studies from the IPCC about greenhouse effect predictions, it is pretty amazing that the movie (filmed about 40 years ago) could be a distinct possibility. We are definitely headed in that direction, and that’s scary. Perhaps this movie will make a comeback in popularity, with all the droughts and high temperature records we are having lately.

If you know someone who thinks that having a milder winter is a good thing and that global warming won’t be that bad, remind them to re-watch the movie. Here is the trailer, which seems pretty long at 3 minutes, compared to trailers nowadays.

How did they get their predictions, you might be wondering? I noticed that credit was given to the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) for advising and consulting on the movie. Specifically, the AAEE website calls out former AAEE President Frank R. Bowerman as Technical Consultant for MGM studios. He was the Professor and Director of Environmental Engineering Programs at the University of Southern California. I had just recently found out about their group. I’m glad to see that they’re still around…

Have you seen “Soylent Green” recently? What are your thoughts?

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