The Day After Tomorrow (2004)


Concept featured in clip:
Affects of science on political decisions
Location of clip: DVD: 6:20 - 8:13


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Summary of clip: The scene opens on a UN conference on global warming in New Delhi, India. Professor Hall is presenting his findings from his studies of the ice samples collected on the ice shelf. He has discovered that before the last ice age, there were large amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. He believes the ice age was caused by global warming. His presentation to the UN indicates that the world could be on the verge of another ice age based on the amount of greenhouse gases in the air at present. Professor Hall recommends that action be taken to prevent emissions of greenhouse gases. The Vice President of the United States disagrees because it would be too costly.

Connection of flickclip to the concept:Many laws are created based on discoveries and research done by scientists in the United States and around the world. When scientists make new discoveries, many present their data to the government. Some have no choice but to present their results, especially if they are being funded by the government. Choices must be made by the politicians as to whether or not they are going to use the information from the scientists in order to protect U.S. citizens.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Who is usually present at UN conferences?

b. Why was the information Professor Hall presenting so important?

c. What would you have done if you were the Vice President of the United States?

2. As a follow-up, students can create posters and brochures to inform the public about global warming and what the government can do to help prevent it. Posters can be hung and brochures can be distributed around the school.