23 Mar '12, 11pm

The Hunger Games' Dystopian Future, Brought to You by Global Warming

The Hunger Games' Dystopian Future, Brought to You by Global Warming

The Hunger Games is everywhere. It's an extraordinarily popular young adult series, and now it is destined to be an extraordinarily popular movie franchise. I haven't yet read the books or seen the film, but Joe Romm has an interesting post that explains the climate change-related backdrop the film is set to. He points to this passage: [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 districts…” Maria Rizzoni /CC BY 2.0 If you're familiar with the premise of the books, then you know that this chaotic environment begot a society subject to rampant food shortages and an uber-powerful centralized government/aristocracy that organizes perverse 'games' whe...

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