Marty McFly: Where are we? When are we?
Doc: We’re descending toward Hill Valley, California, at 4:29 pm, on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015.
Marty McFly: 2015? You mean we’re in the future?
Jennifer: Future? Marty, what do you mean? How can we be in the future?
Marty McFly: Uh, Jennifer, um, I don’t know how to tell you this, but I… you’re in a time machine.
Jennifer: And this is the year ‘2015’?
Doc: October 21st, 2015.
Those of us that grew up as children of the ’80’s recall with fond memories the Back To The Future series (and some of us might have endured taking us kids to the movies).
Today is the celebration of ‘Back To The Future Day‘ as the DeLorean time machine was famously set to take Doc and Marty forward 30 years to Wednesday October 21st 2015.
Back To The Future, Minecraft or Jurassic World?
To help the students to ‘put a face to climate change’, we asked them to film their thoughts about three popular ‘different world’ films during National Science Week. Out at the EucFACE climate change experiment, the students were asked to think about a changing world in terms of these popular movies.
By reflecting on the ways that people’s influences have shaped the world over time, it helps the students to understand the unseen but constant changes on our world, and what the world might look like in thirty, fifty, one hundred or one thousand years’ time.
Thinking About Science, Thinking About Context
For the kids of today, just watching a film made thirty years ago is a lesson in history – those cheesy graphics, the eighties references, those clumsy guesses at what thirty years into the future might look like.
In 1985, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were 343 parts per million, while thirty years later, this has risen to 397 parts per million. So the world is changing, constantly and continuously, and today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders and decision-makers.
Predicting A Future
One of the main reasons for science is to make predictions about the future and then test the real world to see how the predictions play out in the real world.
Experiments like EucFACE help today’s students to put a face to climate change even though they can’t see the rising carbon dioxide in the air. These experiments help our scientists to see what forests, grasslands, soils and other ecosystems will look like in thirty years’ time.
Come back on October 21st 2045 and see what ‘the future’ looks like then!