Title

Cli-Fi Films: The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Wall-E (2008)

Document Type

Poster

Event Website

https://source2022.sched.com/

Start Date

16-5-2022

End Date

16-5-2022

Keywords

Climate Change, Film, Survey

Abstract

This research project aims to identify how effective Climate fiction (Cli-fi) films are for influencing public perception of climate change issues. Cli-fi films first emerged in the 1990s and quickly grew in popularity as they were well received by diverse audiences. These films typically are used to inform people about the possible consequences of climate change in order to invoke a call to action. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and WALL-E (2008) are used as examples of Cli-fi films that target different audiences and they will be analyzed in the context of public perception for the climate issues portrayed. Data from surveys will be collected and analyzed to compare how Cli-fi films affect public perception. Surveys will be distributed to CWU students and students will be asked about their experiences with Cli-fi films as well as whether their perception of climate change issues have been impacted by watching Cli-fi films, such as The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and WALL-E (2008). The results of this study will be used to identify the effectiveness of Cli-fi films on shifting public perception on climate change issues as well as the influence on audiences towards behavioral change and social action.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Pamela McMullin-Messier

Department/Program

Environmental Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

Sociology

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Cli-Fi Films: The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Wall-E (2008)

This research project aims to identify how effective Climate fiction (Cli-fi) films are for influencing public perception of climate change issues. Cli-fi films first emerged in the 1990s and quickly grew in popularity as they were well received by diverse audiences. These films typically are used to inform people about the possible consequences of climate change in order to invoke a call to action. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and WALL-E (2008) are used as examples of Cli-fi films that target different audiences and they will be analyzed in the context of public perception for the climate issues portrayed. Data from surveys will be collected and analyzed to compare how Cli-fi films affect public perception. Surveys will be distributed to CWU students and students will be asked about their experiences with Cli-fi films as well as whether their perception of climate change issues have been impacted by watching Cli-fi films, such as The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and WALL-E (2008). The results of this study will be used to identify the effectiveness of Cli-fi films on shifting public perception on climate change issues as well as the influence on audiences towards behavioral change and social action.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2022/COTS/42