Good Energy: A Playbook for Screenwriting in the Age of Climate Change

Good Energy describes the playbook as a resource, “…for screenwriters and creatives—those who are steeped in the climate crisis and those who are learning about it. Whether you’re writing a screenplay, outlining a pilot, or working as an EP or assistant on the twenty-third season of a show (we see you, Grey’s Anatomy), this Playbook will help you bring your climate stories to life.”

The playbook includes expert-informed material and fictional “story seeds,” which are intended to show glimpses of the enormous menu of potential climate stories, which are legally free to use as a jumping-off point.

See also AP’s story about the project.

Charlie Brown and friends celebrate the environment

Read the full story at Treehugger.

Charlie Brown has had a bit of a frustrating relationship with the Earth. There’s that aggravating tree that always eats his kite. And one time his friends turned his beloved baseball field into a garden.

Through the years in the comic strip and in TV specials, the Peanuts gang has long cared for the Earth. And now this month, there are two new nature-related specials featuring Charlie and his pals for Earth Day and Arbor Day.

This play is touring Europe. But no one’s going anywhere.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

How can theaters adapt to prevent climate change? The British director Katie Mitchell and a Swiss playhouse have developed a new model for taking a production on the road.

There is a new boom in climate-related coverage and storytelling

Read the full story at Treehugger.

Is the climate crisis finally getting the attention it deserves?

Pop culture can no longer ignore our climate reality

Read the full story from Grist.

Stories set in the present or near future will have to include the realities of a warming world if they are to be at all believable.

Guster, My Morning Jacket, other musicians unite to make concert tours more sustainable

Read the full story at PBS News Hour.

From gas-guzzling tour buses to concession stands loaded with single-use plastic water bottles, concert tours aren’t exactly easy on the environment. But now, a movement to make touring more climate-friendly is empowering musicians to not only talk about issues like climate change, but actually take action. Special Correspondent Tom Casciato reports on a non-profit working to turn the music industry green.

K-pop fans want the Korean music industry to fight climate change

Read the full story at Kotaku. Learn more about Kpop4Planet here.

The Korea Times reports that the fans are asking for the companies to make concert tours more eco-friendly and to not use plastic for albums and merchandise. On Monday, the “Sustainable K-Entertainment” conference was held at the National Assembly in Seoul.

Coldplay set ‘sustainable and low-carbon’ stadium tour in support of ‘Music of the Spheres’

Read the full story in Rolling Stone. See also Coldplay’s tour website.

A day before Coldplay drop their new album Music of the Spheres, the band has announced a 2022 “sustainable and low-carbon” tour that will bring the new LP to stadiums around the world.

The Music of the Spheres Tour — kicking off March 18th, 2022 in Costa Rica — aims to cut direct emissions from Coldplay’s last tour in 2017 by 50%, as well as power each show entirely by renewable, super-low emission energy; that includes installing solar panels at each venue, “kinetic stadium floor and kinetic bikes powered by fans,” and transporting around a mobile, rechargeable show battery to store the energy.

Subtitles to save the world 2021: An analysis of how UK broadcasters are exposing audiences to climate change through their content

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This is the third in our trilogy of subtitle reports which look at subtitling data from UK broadcasters. Our first subtitle report, which looked at 2018 data , captured imaginations when Cats vs Climate splashed across social media, as no one could quite believe that cats received four times more mentions than climate change on our TV channels. Fast forward a year to our second report and there was a striking increase in mentions of climate change. This year’s report looks back on the year when everything stopped, when we became more aware of our relationship to the natural world and spent more time than ever watching our screens and it reveals that mentions of ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ dropped 10% and 19% respectively…

Finally, the report explores how the climate crisis is being represented on our screens and whether content is empowering the public to take action or merely talking about the problem. Together the terms climate change, climate emergency and climate crisis received 14,540 mentions while climate justice, climate action and climate solution only received 296 mentions collectively.

‘The Good Place’: It’s hard to be good when the world’s on fire

Read the full story at Grist.

This story contains spoilers for The Good Place.

When aliens show up in fiction, the story usually reflects more about the state of life on Earth than anything else. During the Cold War, space invaders from Mars always seemed like stand-ins for Soviets and Commies. In more recent times, the blue-skinned aliens of 2009’s Avatar live in harmony with nature, serving as a foil to the humans pillaging the planet.

In much the same way, The Good Place, an NBC sitcom set in the afterlife, poses serious questions about life on Earth rather than a speculative life after death. Written by Michael Schur, the comedy writer behind The Office and Parks and Rec, the show considers the moral problems that befuddle the living from the vantage point of the dead.