‘Mad Max’ Is A Lot Scarier When You Realize That’s Where We Could Be Headed

Two winners at Sunday night’s Academy Awards used their time on stage to warn audiences about the dangers of climate change — and it turns out that science supports many of their claims.

Specifically, some scientists say it could be possible for the Earth to one day resemble the arid wasteland depicted in “Mad Max: Fury Road” if we don’t take steps to curb climate change.

The movie — which, with six awards, won more Oscars than any other film — takes place in a post-apocalyptic Australia run by outlaws hoarding water, fuel and other resources. Jenny Beavan took home the award for costume design, and made it clear in her speech that she thinks this make-believe world could possibly be a reality in the future.

“I just want to say one quite serious thing, and I’ve been thinking about this a lot, but actually it could be horribly prophetic, ‘Mad Max,’ if we’re not kinder to each other and if we don’t stop polluting our atmosphere,” she said.

NASA’s senior water scientist, Dr. James Famiglietti, told The Huffington Post that the 2015 action film is pretty extreme but that elements of it could be possible.

“Of course, there are desert regions on Earth that already look like that — like those in the film — so the question is, will more of Earth’s wet regions be converted into dry ones?” he said.

“Our climate models certainly predict increasing ‘desertification,’ which will be particularly difficult for those regions, like the Sahel, that are on the boundary between wet and dry,” he added. “There are metaphorical elements of ‘Mad Max’ that are already happening, and that will only worsen with time.”

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