I have not seen the movie "Tomorrow" (Roland Amrich) yet. The film was released in 2004, and at that time I had many choices between my sibling's travels to watch expensive movies and spending the night with friends of the horror film. But scenes from the movie "Tomorrow" in which a huge wave of water passed through the buildings of the city, terrified me. Little did I know then that these scenes could be a real danger in our own world, I was a schoolboy and only thought about being able to sleep at night. Hollywood is not much different. The creators of "Game of Thrones" (2011), "The Dead Do Not Die" (2019), "Chernobyl" (2019) and "Do Not Look Up" (2021) have all claimed that their apocalyptic subjects (zombies, nuclear catastrophe) Have been used as a metaphor for the inability of humans to cope with global warming. Longer heat waves (increasing activity of young environmental activists). But that's almost all we have. A study by the University of Southern California found that only 2.8 percent of the scripts for the past five years have used global warming researchers in their writing process. Interestingly, this issue has become very sensitive and debated over this period of time.
This rupture seems to be a great missed opportunity for environmental movements. . Entertainment media have already been powerful in other areas, such as introducing different sexual orientations, and have succeeded in reshaping society, and this capacity could be used in this area as well. Instead, cinema and television have increasingly created the impression that global warming is an immutable death sentence and that we can do nothing about it. On the other hand, if we want to bring such issues into people's homes, we may be able to create the change of behavior we like in the world of politics.
Anna Jane Joyner is one of those people who hopes to be able to do so. Do something. Calling himself a climate lawyer, he has started a storytelling consulting firm called Good Energy. He also recently published a booklet called The Climate Booklet. In this publicly available booklet, he seeks to help writers take global warming stories beyond their current reach, and the film industry's constant fear of such stories being overly advisory. Ignore. "I really believe in the potential of these stories, especially in film and television," he says. I believe they have the ability to impress us emotionally and make us take action. You have to feel it before you can do anything. And this feeling should not be fear. "
Taboo of the environment The big bio of the movie industry
Joyner, who has spent most of his life in connection with environmental companies such as Sierra Club, founded "Good Energy" in 2019, after two brief collaborations with Entertainment business. He first appeared in one of the episodes of "Dangerous Living Years of Life" in 2014, a documentary about global warming produced by the Showtime network. This part of the story was about Anna trying to accept the importance of global warming to her father, a traditional-minded father who was hesitant about the importance of this issue. Then in 2018, Alex Maggio, author and producer of the CBS TV series "Mrs. Minister," contacted Joyner and asked him to help her create a character with a background similar to her life and relationship with her father. "It was kind of a good thing for me," Joyner said. Why don't we see More of these stories?
Maggie believes that to answer this question, we must turn to the politicization of global warming in the 1990s. "At the time, a lot of producers and executives were worried that this would be unfamiliar to an audience," he said. "It was an idea that came to the minds of a whole generation of writers at the time, writers who could write stories about global warming." , Current Hollywood decision-makers are completely open to plans for global warming. The problem for him right now is that the authors do not know how to approach such issues, and the lack of many similar cases and the need for complex research discourage them. Maggio about this "We are dealing with a huge concept that people do not know where to start," he says. "That is why they are surrendering." Even Charlie Brooker, author of the anti-urban series The Black Mirror, said in a 2019 interview that integrating global warming with storytelling was "very, very difficult."
He consulted the authors, but after the Corona epidemic and the closure of the office, he turned his attention to the "Climate Booklet." "Good Energy" is funded by companies such as Sierra Club and Bloomberg Philanthropies. In the words of Joyner, "It should not be as if we have mixed broccoli with chocolate." They are looking for new environmental characters, beyond vegetarian characters or stereotypes about environmental terrorists. For example, "a teenager who runs away from school to take part in an environmental demonstration with his lover," or "a Siraclub lobbyist who receives awards from the airline for his regular flights to various locations." There are many story ideas about global warming: What if a family farm is on fire and the elderly parents do not want to leave their home? Or the lack of proper government support for families at risk of hurricane causes a young woman to embark on an odyssey in a flooded city to help her neighbors.
Such ideas remind us that appropriate actions and effects in global warming did not happen in a vacuum, it depended on other events in our real world. We do not need to define them in an apocalyptic context. "It does not matter what kind of cinema you work in, we still live in a world where global warming is taking place," Joyner said. "And certainly in our own world there is still a romantic relationship, there is still comedy and emptiness, and all of this has to be shown on screen."
A turning point for Hollywood
The change that" Good Energy "likes to see in movies and TV series is an attempt to better introduce groups Which had no place in Hollywood before. Because global warming is affecting poor people, people of color, and the countries of the Southern Hemisphere faster and faster, Joyner believes that telling More stories about global warming should be accompanied by telling More stories about, and for, communities. "Good Energy", in collaboration with the Center for Cultural Power (an organization that seeks to fight for equality in the arts), seeks to bring the issues raised in the booklet to the attention of Hollywood.
In recent years, a trace of the process of realistic introduction of global warming has begun. In cinema, Joyner cites the two films "The First Reformed" (Paul Schrader - 2017) and "The Fighting Woman" (Benedict Erlingson - 2018) as two good examples. The role of television has been less in this regard. In 2019, the series "Relationship" (Sarah Trim and Hague Levy - 2014), in its fifth season, went thirty years ahead and showed that the child of the two main protagonists has become a scientist active in the field of global warming. In the same year, the series "Big Little Lies" (David E. Kelly - 2017), in its second season, had a memorable plot in which the daughter of one of the characters in the story, after being aware of the complex situation of global warming at school. It can, it goes away. The comedy series "Hack" (Lucia Anilo, Paul W. Downes and Jen Statski - 2021), the first season of which was released last year, criticizes old-fashioned characters who have no understanding of the state of the environment and are behind the comic book protagonist. .
Joyner says things are getting even better. His goal is that by 2030, at least 50 percent of Hollywood screenplays will address climate change, let alone a major part of their story. "I think we are all learning along the way," he said. Because we do not have much source of inspiration. But there are many people who are experimenting in this area. This has definitely been a turning point in the industry. "And we will continue to try to tell More stories like this."