23 Mar '12, 7pm

Katniss Evergreen: Do ‘Hunger Games’ fans care about climate?

Katniss Evergreen: Do ‘Hunger Games’ fans care about climate?

Aiming for climate action? Maybe. In a mad rush to hitch themselves to the pop-culture rocket sauce of The Hunger Games , a few media outlets (uh, guilty as charged ) have suggested that the dystopian appeal of the books and now movies draws strength from the young’uns’ acceptance of the climate-disaster-addled hellhole they are destined to inherit. I’m not so sure. Suzanne Collins’ fleet prose is built for action; she largely skips the details of her futuristic world of Panem so that we can get on with the underage stabbin’. As such, any allusions to climate change must be drawn from one line: [The mayor] tells of the history of Panem. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained. The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen district...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-change/katniss-evergreen-do-hung...

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