Move over sci-fi, here comes cli-fi
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AMP [amp] by Yukari Isemoto -- Edited by Tokuyuki Oda
A panic film that has been treated as a sub-genre within the science fiction (SF) genre. In particular, panic films about natural disasters have become an independent genre in recent years as "Cli-Fi (Climate Fiction)".
Recently, words such as global warming and climate change have been making the rounds in the media.
Next up: the Cli-Fi that was science fiction
What does a Cli-Fi film look like? For example, the 2004 film "Day After Tomorrow" was a sci-fi panic film about people confused by an ice age suddenly brought about by global warming. The film was a hit, grossing approximately 20 billion yen in North America and 5.2 billion yen in Japan.
Cli-Fi works in each country
Now that science has advanced, it has become easier to create realistic images of hypothetical situations. The phenomenon itself is made with CG, and when you add real actors to it, you feel as if you are watching a real video. And this technology is not limited to entertainment images such as movies and dramas.
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COP25 was on the verge of invoking the Paris Agreement
COP25 in December 2019 attracted a lot of attention in many ways.
The first question is whether specific measures will be decided in advance of the Paris Agreement, the international framework for combating global warming, which will be launched in 2020. And that the United States, the world's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has already given official notice of its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. And during the period, environmental groups awarded Japan the disgraceful "Fossil Prize" for its reluctance to take action on global warming.
Some believe that the international community's expectations of Japan are reflected in this ironic fossil prize, but the minister himself disappointed environmental activists when he said that he wanted to keep oil fuels as an option at this time. Maybe we should abandon the idea that we're "expected" or that we've made our presence known.
Because of its location, Japan is prone to many natural disasters, and even from a global perspective, it is a country with a high level of disaster prevention awareness and well-developed countermeasures. Nevertheless, the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 caused an unprecedented number of victims, about 25,000 dead, and the news footage reporting the damage was a major shock to the world. Even Japan, which was thought to be so well prepared for disasters, has been confronted with the fact that there is nothing to be done when faced with a natural threat.
Even though major earthquakes are unavoidable disasters that cannot be avoided even by human power or scientific knowledge, the abnormal weather that is occurring around the world today - unseasonal typhoons, heavy rains, rising sea levels, heat waves and wildfires - is often attributed to global warming. Although there are some objections, it can be said that it is the cause that has been created by mankind with the progress of science that is causing global climate change.
A world still reluctant to address pressing environmental issues
Cli-Fi" is a new genre that was born and coined in 2011 by fomer Tokyo resident Dan Bloom, who lived in Japan for 5 years 1991-1996 while working for the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper as a news assistant. Age 71, Dan retired now but still working as "a climate ativist of the literary kind,"now lives in Taiwan, in the midst of the current global trend. He speaks Japanse, French, Spanish, and Chinese. As cli-fi novels, films, and television series draw attention to the genre, will people's interest and awareness of the climate crisis increase? Dan Bloom says yes!
It's also true that some of the world's leaders, and some experts, are determined to ignore the movement altogether. To this Dan Bloom says "they are on the wrongside of history!"
It is still fresh in our minds that US President Trump made fun of Greta, a girl who had attracted worldwide attention, and condemned her on Twitter, while Brazil's president expressed his displeasure and refuted her in public. It is said that it is really immature to deal with a teenage girl, but the adults who are not trying to face the environmental problems and who are not taking action are probably guilty of the same thing.
We must be beginning to realize that global climate change is caused by humanity, and that only humanity can control its causes now. One after another, reports have been released saying that we can't put it off any longer, and that it could be delayed from tomorrow. We can only hope that the Cli-Fi genre, which was born out of this momentum, will not be written off as youth entertainment.
For more, see Dan Bloom's information website THE CLI-FI REPORT at:
Text: Isemoto Yukari / Editing: Oka Tokuyuki