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International Journal of Sustainable Development



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How we communicate about climate change shapes our response tothe most complex and challenging issue society currently faces. In this paper,we conduct a discursive analysis and ideological critique of stereotypicalrepresentations in three climate change films: The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy (2008) and An Inconvenient Truth (2006).We argue that these films situate their treatment of climate change in anarrative context that reiterates troubling stereotypes about race/ethnicity,gender, and sexuality. These representations do not align with key sustainabledevelopment goals such as equity, freedom, and shared responsibility. Ouressay demonstrates how the stories we consume about climate change as weentertain ourselves potentially influence our sense of the world, guide ourrelationships to one another and impact our collective abilities to create a sustainable future.

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"McGreavy, B., & Lindenfeld, L. Entertaining our way to engagement? Climate change films and sustainable development values. Int. J. of Sustainable Development 2014 - Vol. 17, No.2 pp. 123 - 136."

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