Tomorrow, Mad Max will return to theaters and many will once again contemplate how they would handle the end of the world. Post Apocalyptic themes are not new but they certainly seem to be growing in popularity. The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and now Mad Max; people are often entertained by thought of civilization coming to an end.
We have compiled a list of popular apocalyptic scenarios and would love to know how you would handle each!
1. Mass infertility:
This is perhaps one of the most possible of the end of the world themes that seems to run its course around the apocalypse loving crowd. Just think, if we lost our ability to procreate, we would have very little means of sustaining our reign over the world. In turn, Mother Nature would start taking back what we’ve made for ourselves.
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2. Alien Invasion:
While it’s completely plausible that there is life on another planet, if only because it would be a waste of space for there not to be life out there in the galaxy, but the likelihood of an alien invasion is rather small. But, that doesn’t mean that this isn’t a frequent theme. This end of the world scenario has made its way into headlines, books, films, and even musical culture.
3. Robot Uprising:
This is no doubt one of the scariest possibilities, especially when you step back to look at just how far we’ve come with our technological advancements. We’re working on true Artificial Intelligence and are succeeding in leaps and bounds. But, what happens when Skynet becomes a thing of reality?
4. Catastrophic Climate Change:
It is no secret, climate change is something we're facing in the here and now. Yet, so many people want to ignore the vast changes we’re seeing in our ecological systems across the globe due to climate change. Of course, if the end of the world doesn’t come due to climate change; surely, something in our social, economical, and species structure will still suffer because of these weather changes.
Day After Tomorrow
Much like climate change, we’re already seeing overpopulation in certain areas of the world, its impact on the environment; and the lives of those who live there. From starvation, disease, and the lack of essentials; overpopulation is a very real danger if population isn’t kept in check.
6. Solar Storms:
We’ve already experienced some solar storms on a smaller scale that have interrupted some technology from working properly. While it isn’t likely that we’ll see any major solar storms in our lifetime, it’s been said that a large solar storm could be the end of the world as we know it.
7. Asteroid Impact:
What a way to go if you wanted to meet your end the same way as the dinosaurs did. At least, that’s what some history books tell us. A large asteroid is definitely a possible way that the world as we know it would end. While we do see asteroids passing on a semi-regular basis, and some may even impact Earth’s surface, most will not cause any prolonged end of the world scenarios.
8. Super Volcano:
We’ve all heard of the super volcano in Yellowstone national park and the risks that come with the possibility of an eruption. While yes, it will make a great deal of the United States inhabitable and will change the climate of a great many land masses; it’s still not going to be enough to end the world.
9. Nuclear Holocaust:
A nuclear holocaust was a very real threat in the past; it doesn’t seem to pack quite the punch it used to. Fortunately, in this day and age we don’t have to worry quite as much about a nuclear holocaust, but, it does make a frequent theme for post-apocalyptic literature and movies from time to time.
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10. Zombie Apocalypse:
Of course, one of the most popular apocalypse themes is the zombie apocalypse. We as a population seem absolutely obsessed with the possibility of the living dead (or undead) shambling around in search for food (humans). Of course this not only sates our need to have a post-apocalypse conversation at the dinner table, but it also gives way to our need for fear and adrenaline.
Chances are, if you’ve taken a breath this year, you’ve heard about the zombie apocalypse, at least once.
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