The push for climate change stories in Hollywood

Hollywood has grown and changed in recent years, especially after the two SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes in 2023. But one common complaint remains: major film and TV studios aren't telling the story enough about the threat of climate change. A new study seems to show that's not just an insider's opinion, but a quantifiable fact.

The study, published in April by Colby College in Maine and the consulting firm Good Energy, conducted a “systematic content analysis of 250 of the most popular feature films released between 2013 and 2022.” It analyzed these films based on two criteria: whether climate change is featured in the film and whether the characters are aware of it. The study concluded that only 9.6% of the films analyzed met both criteria. In addition, the term “climate change” was mentioned at least twice in only 3.6% of the films.

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