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A critical review of popular technological solutions for climate change as evident in the movie industry

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Rajaratnam Shanthini

Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya., LK
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This paper critically reviews four selected movies dealing with climate change and the resulting ecosystem deterioration, namely, The Day After Tomorrow, An inconvenient Truth, The 11th Hour and The Age of Stupid. It scrutinises the limitations, the hypocrisy and the dilemma embedded in the technological solutions to climate change suggested in the movies, such as reduction in fossil fuel consumption, use of energy efficient technologies and adaptation of renewable energy. Movies’ failure to discuss crucial phenomena such as the ‘rebound effect’ of efficiency improvement technologies, ‘well-to-wheel lifecycle assessment’ of renewable energy technologies, and their power to reverse the capability of chosen technological solutions to combat ecosystem deterioration are highlighted. The review also stresses on the need for movies to place emphasis on moving away not only from egocentrism, as illustrated by reference to selected footages from the movie Amélie, but also from human-centrism towards eco-centrism to save the ecosystem on which all lives depend upon.
How to Cite: Shanthini, R., (2016). A critical review of popular technological solutions for climate change as evident in the movie industry. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences. 39(1), pp.1–14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v39i1.7398
Published on 22 Aug 2016.
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