SXSW 2023

How Stories Shift Power: Climate in Film and TV


We are people living through a great transition – and yet this reality is not being reflected in the stories produced in film and TV. While climate change is radically altering our planet and our daily lives, climate narratives are either conspicuously missing from pop culture, or they focus on apocalyptic destruction. Where are the solutions? Where is the hope? Where are the visions of an equitable climate future? This panel brings together a diverse group of folks who are actively trying to shift the climate narrative within television and film – from doom and gloom (or lacking altogether), to stories of hope, justice, and equitable progress.

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  1. An understanding of where climate narratives appear in film and television and, more importantly, where they do not.
  2. A foundation in the power of hope as a climate narrative shifting tool
  3. Inspiration and tools to seek and create the climate narratives that align with the climate futures they want.



Rachel Bouton, Senior Manager, Networks and Events, Grist

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Climate Change
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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