With more and more people being aware of climate change, the more prevalent issue is in pop culture. I see memes all over Instagram about climate change and now it’s appearing in music and television. Although it came out over 10 years ago, Wall-E is always the first movie that comes to my mind when talking about climate change. The message of this movie is much more significant today, yet a lot of people see Wall-E as just a cute Pixar movie. I remember watching it as a kid and not thinking anything about the environmental issues that were displayed in the movie, but I watched it again a couple of years ago in one of my classes that were focused on the environment and it was almost a different movie. When I watched it from a different perspective, I realized that our planet is dying because of human activity but nothing is being done to stop it, just like in the movie.
Another example of environmentalism in pop culture is a song by Lil Dicky called Earth, which brought together many of the biggest artists in pop to sing about how important our planet is and that we need to be keeping care of it because it’s our home. In my personal opinion, it’s not a very good song, but I like the message it’s sending. A majority of the people who listen to the artists featured in the song, like Justin Beiber or Ariana Grande, are young and might not have a lot of knowledge on climate change, so I thought it was a unique way to reach a younger audience and to educate them on these problems. I believe that incorporating the issues or solutions to climate change in pop culture can make a big difference because everyone should have some knowledge on the issue and younger generations don’t read the news as much as older generations do. I think, in today’s society, it’s hard to escape technology and social media, but it can still be used for good.