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Insight of the Day: Hollywood movies fail to reflect climate change crisis: Study

Hollywood Movies Fail Climate Reality Check:

A new study by Colby College and Good Energy reveals that most Hollywood movies produced in the last decade fail to depict the reality of climate change.

Key Findings:

  • Fewer than 10% of 250 surveyed movies (2013-2022) passed the "climate reality check," which assessed whether climate change was presented and acknowledged by characters.

  • Less than 4% of films mentioned climate change in two or more scenes.

  • Streaming services had a higher percentage of movies addressing climate change than major studios.

Implications:

  • Most movies portray a world where climate change doesn't exist, which is out of touch with a movie-going public seeking reality on screen.

  • Even movies not explicitly about climate change can pass the test, highlighting the potential for subtle inclusion of climate themes.

  • The study serves as a tool for evaluating climate representation in films and can incentivize filmmakers to connect audiences with climate stories.

Conclusion:

The study underscores the need for Hollywood to better reflect the climate crisis in its films, connecting with audiences and potentially raising awareness about this critical issue.

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