Climate change in popular culture


The issue of climate change, its possible effects, and related human-environment interaction have entered popular culture since the late 20th century.

Science historian Naomi Oreskes has noted, "There's a huge disconnect between what professional scientists have studied and learned in the last 30 years, and what is out there in the popular culture."[1] An academic study contrasts the relatively rapid acceptance of ozone depletion as reflected in popular culture with the much slower acceptance of the scientific consensus on climate change.[2]


Fictional films




This refers to the classification non-fiction, without regard to whether the books are accurate or intended to be accurate.


Climate fiction (sometimes shortened as cli-fi) is literature that deals with climate change and global warming.[15] Not necessarily speculative in nature, works may take place in the world as we know it or in the near future. The genre frequently includes science fiction and dystopian or utopian themes, imagining the potential futures based on how humanity responds to the impacts of climate change. Technologies such as climate engineering or climate adaptation practices often feature prominently in works exploring their impacts on society. Climate fiction is distinct from petrofiction which deals directly with the petroleum culture and economy.

University courses on literature and environmental issues may include climate change fiction in their syllabi.[16] This body of literature has been discussed by a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and Dissent magazine, among other international media outlets.[17]


Sequence of piano notes portraying respective annual global average temperature readings since 1850, similar to Daniel Crawford's cello composition, "Song of Our Warming Planet".[18] The sequence portrays global warming with notes of progressively higher pitches.


  • The Contingency Plan (2009) by Steve Waters is a diptych of plays first performed at the Bush Theatre in London. They are set in the near future, at a time during which severe tidal surges begin to submerge parts of coastal Britain.


Comic books

Video games

See also


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  2. ^ Sheldon Ungar, "Knowledge, ignorance and the popular culture: Climate change versus the ozone hole," Science 9.3 (2000) 297-312.
  3. ^ Barnett, David. "Are we living in a Blade Runner world?". Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  4. ^ "New 'Blade Runner' gives climate change a starring role". Washington Examiner. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  5. ^ Irvine, Travis (June 19, 2015), "Handle with humor: why we want you to laugh about climate change", The Guardian, archived from the original on December 15, 2015, retrieved April 9, 2016
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  11. ^ Ovenden, Olivia (2021-11-13). "Adam McKay Is Still Trying to See the Funny Side in All This". Esquire. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  12. ^ "An Inconvenient Truth (2006)". IMDB.
  13. ^ "Signos: Banta ng nagbabagong klima" to be replayed on QTV 11". GMA News. April 10, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Oprah's Books
  15. ^ Glass, Rodge (May 31, 2013). "Global Warning: The Rise of 'Cli-fi'" retrieved March 3, 2016
  16. ^ PÉREZ-PEÑA, RICHARD (April 1, 2014). "College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change". New York Times. p. A12. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  17. ^ Tuhus-Dubrow, Rebecca (Summer 2013). "Cli-Fi: Birth of a Genre". Dissent. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Global Warming Trend and Variations Charted by Cello - The New York Times". 2019-10-05. Archived from the original on 2019-10-05. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  19. ^ "See Gojira Debut Rare Studio Performance of "Global Warming"". Revolver. 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  20. ^ Hussey, Allison. "Listen to Rina Sawayama's New Song "XS"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  21. ^ "Grimes' new album 'Miss_Anthropocene': release date, tracklist and everything we know so far". NME. 2019-10-17. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  22. ^ Bloom, Madison. "Grimes Announces New Album Miss_Anthropocene". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  23. ^ "South Park issues rare apology for 'ManBearPig'". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  24. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily (2018-11-14). "12 years after mocking Al Gore's fight against climate change, South Park reconsiders". Vox. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  25. ^ Torn, Simone (2021-04-03). "'South Park' Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker Claim This Episode 'Has Not Aged Well'". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  26. ^ "How Did 'Loki' Episode 2 Sneak in Terrifying, Prescient Satire About Climate Change?". Collider. 2021-06-19. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  27. ^ "Battlefield 2042 Imagines A Huge Multiplayer Hellscape Of Climate Change". GameSpot. Retrieved 2021-06-10.