For climate change, we need a story that doesn’t end in the sixth mass extinction. If we can see what a climate-safe world looks like, we might believe in it, and we might create more and stronger solutions that accelerate progress toward a net zero world. A reboot of Captain Planet could inspire a new wave of problem-solvers and optimists that this crisis needs.
In an online survey, Americans named Leonardo DiCaprio the most trustworthy famous authority on climate change and other environmental issues.
One possible remedy to climate experts' communication woes? A dose of levity. A group out of the UK is pairing climate scientists with well-known comedians to try and break through the din of our digital lives and push people to action.
Can climate change be funny? Turns out, it can be hilarious. Watch these comedians tackle a tough subject while inspiring us to act. Marc Maron, Jack Whitehall, Joel Kim Booster, Jen Kirkman, Judah Friedlander and Wanda Sykes's specials are now streaming on Netflix.
Comedians and comedy programs have started to find ways to speak to the climate crisis in their work but how can something so heavy create laughter? Comedy – even if it’s about heavy topics like climate change – can motivate feelings of hope and optimism and combat doomism.
In Green Rising, the characters are teenagers who can grow plants from their skin. They use their powers to rewild the planet, and stand up to the profit-hungry corporations who want climate change to continue (because the end of the world is going to be very profitable to a lot of people). It shows the positive changes we can make to the environment which will help store carbon in huge quantities, often through plants: kelp forests, peatlands, reforestation.
This event at the 2023 NY Climate week brings together Kat Coiro (Director and Filmmaker), Tory Stephens (Climate Fiction Creative Manager at Grist), Ali Weinstein (Co-Founder/EP, Hollywood Climate Summit + TV Writer) and Mamadou (Content Creator) to unpack how we can put climate solutions in the story? Writers, filmmakers and creators spin up magic out of thin air. They make us laugh. They make us cry. They terrify us. But most of all they make us care about the worlds they create.
In June 2023 Hollywood Climate Summit gathered entertainment and media leaders in Los Angeles to investigate the cultural industry’s role in climate action. Futerra and partners continued this debate in NYC Climate Week 2023. Some of the questions discussed were: Can soap-operas, blockbusters, reality shows, dramas, comedy and children’s content inspire action? Does climate make compelling content?
How to encourage the industry to move away from fictional characters who are implicitly promoting high carbon consumption through positive role models? In ten years, when mounting waste and climate change is impossible to ignore, we might squirm at the glorification of excessive consumption in the same way we now squirm at the casual racism and sexism in seventies sitcoms.
A short story context launched in 2021 encouraging entrants to envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. The three winning stories and nine finalists create intersectional worlds in which no community is left behind.