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"Don't Look Up" Director McKay Gives to Climate Activists

Adam McKay, left, director of the film "Don't Look Up," joins members of the Youth Climate Los Angeles coalition and others protesting climate change outside City National Bank in Los Angeles, Friday, March 18, 2022. On Tuesday Sept. 20, 2022, McKay announced a $4 million donation to the Climate Emergency Fund, an organization dedicated to getting money into the hands of activists engaged in disruptive, nonviolent demonstrations urging swifter action on climate change. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Adam McKay, left, director of the film "Don't Look Up," joins members of the Youth Climate Los Angeles coalition and others protesting climate change outside City National Bank in Los Angeles, Friday, March 18, 2022. On Tuesday Sept. 20, 2022, McKay announced a $4 million donation to the Climate Emergency Fund, an organization dedicated to getting money into the hands of activists engaged in disruptive, nonviolent demonstrations urging swifter action on climate change. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- In director Adam McKay's “Don't Look Up," a 2021 satire about two scientists who try in vain to warn the world about a planet-destroying comet, the scientists' desperate plea for action ultimately doesn't work.

But don't take that as McKay's view on the power of activism to change the course of the climate crisis, the existential threat his movie was really about.