Climate Change Populism in Ecocinema
University of California at Santa Barbara
Published on Oct 12, 2016
Climate change populism—the social condition where ordinary people embody and act on an emerging awareness of the destructive human behaviors that cause climate change—has become a potent transnational trend reflected in global cinema. My talk shows how contemporary filmmakers use cinematic imaginaries to reveal the speculative fears humans have about global climate change—which largely include access to hydro, food, and energy resources, survival beyond extreme weather events, and coping with the occurrence of environmental illness.