Becca Warner, an environmental writer living in London, UK, contends that climate change should be depicted in films in a more comprehensive and realistic manner than only in the form of blockbuster climate disaster films.

Doctors in a fictional hospital in Seattle are drenched in sweat as a heat wave hits the city. With a whoosh and a clank, the building’s overworked air conditioning system stops. Surgery must be finished as soon as possible since doing procedures in the intense heat becomes deadly within minutes. The air conditioning system wasn’t intended to be pushed that hard, according to Dr. Richard Webber. Dr. Addison Montgomery responds by claiming that the earth wasn’t intended to be pushed in this way. According to social scientists and charitable organizations, global change should be addressed in a range of on-screen stories, not just the rare thriller about a climate catastrophe.

However, can witnessing how characters in movies and TV shows are affected by the effects of climate change actually modify how we perceive the issue as it develops, allowing us to deal better with it or even change our behavior? Good Energy, a non-profit storytelling consultancy, believes it is possible. It is one of a select group of groups that are calling on more TV and movie scripts to incorporate themes, characters, and allusions to climate change.