This is what Earth will be like in the future. Based on the visionary science fiction novel of the American writer Frank Herbert written in 1965 and winning several prestigious awards, the world of Dune presents a unique perspective on issues that are very important to us world today.
A strong vision of the future
The world of Dune is centered on a planet called Arrakis, a harsh desert world where the main resource is a substance known as ‘spice’, a narcotic that gives some characters visionary powers of future The climate of this planet is so bad that the population has adapted to survive with minimal water. Climate change, water scarcity and resource management provide a scenario that shows how our precious Earth can become a destructive scenario for humanity.
The planet Arrakis is ruled by feudal houses, the most famous being House Atreides and House Harkonnen. These houses compete for control of Arrakis and its precious spice, reflecting the geopolitical tug-of-war over resources that we also encounter in our world.
In the real world, water scarcity, desertification and climate change are becoming increasingly important problems. Perhaps in the same way that the inhabitants of Arrakis adapted to their arid environment, the people of Earth may have to develop new life forms to survive on an Earth with an uncertain climate. The geopolitical intrigue of Dune, which is very interesting historically, also serves as a warning. As our world’s resources become scarcer, competition between nations can intensify, leading to conflicts that we don’t know how they will end (or maybe we will).
The Dune universe is considered a milestone in science fiction literature (there was not only the 1965 novel but five more sequels that completed the saga: The Messiah of Dune, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune, the last one published two decades after the first novel). The novel’s vision of a future shaped by environmental and political challenges is particularly accurate. Herbert’s depiction of a society adapting to harsh environmental conditions and the resulting power struggle over a scarce and precious resource resonates in our heads because of our growing concern about climate change, and other factors.
Other films that explore similar themes
Interstellar (2014): Directed by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar shows a future Earth devastated by dust storms and crop failures, leading to a global food crisis. The film emphasizes the need for humanity to look beyond the Earth to survive, exploring the new frontiers of space.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – This sequel to the classic Blade Runner takes place in a dystopian future where environmental collapse has made synthetic foods the norm and where large areas of the planet are uninhabitable due to radioactive fallout and extreme weather. . Fortunately, it also features the iconic Harrison Ford in the role of Rick Deckard.
Snowpiercer (2013): A film by Bong Joon-ho that depicts a future where a failed climate change experiment leads to an ice age that wipes out almost all life on Earth. The rest of the people live on a train that tirelessly travels around the world.
Wall-E (2008): This Pixar animation depicts a future Earth abandoned by humans due to over consumption and environmental neglect. The Earth is invaded by garbage and the protagonist, Wall-E, is a robot in charge of cleaning it up.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): George Miller’s intense action film presents a post-apocalyptic world suffering from a shortage of water and fuel, where a tyrant controls the remaining resources.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004): In this film, climate change causes extreme weather events that lead to a new ice age. It is a stark reminder of the potential severity of the consequences of climate change.
Waterworld (1995): Although it does not have many followers, in a future where the polar caps have ended up melting and the Earth is almost completely submerged, a mutated sailor (Mel Gibson) fights against hunger while helping a woman and a girl trying to find dry land.