Communicating climate change in 'Don't Look Up'

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‘Don't Look Up’ makes no direct reference to climate change, yet functions as a climate communication film, satirising political and societal responses to the scientific evidence of climate change and to the lack of concerted global climate action. As a popular cultural story of climate inaction, ‘Don't Look Up’ importantly critiques existing values of late-capitalism in the form of speculative techno-fixes, extractive capitalism and celebrity commodity culture. Yet as a mainstream Hollywood film, it privileges global north perspectives. More diverse stories that go beyond apocalyptic imageries are required to more clearly centre climate justice within popular cultural imaginaries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number C02
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJCOM: Journal of Science Communication
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2022


  • Climate change
  • climate communication
  • Celebrity Culture
  • popular culture
  • climate justice
  • visual communication
  • speculative fiction


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