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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2024-2
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2024-2
26 Mar 2024
 | 26 Mar 2024
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GC Insights: The Anthro-Pokécene – Environmental impacts echoed in the Pokémon world

Lewis James Alcott and Taylor Maavara

Abstract. Public perception of anthropogenic environmental impacts including climate change is primarily driven by exposure to different forms of media. Here, we show how the Pokémon franchise, the largest multimedia franchise worldwide, mirrors public discourse in the video games’ narratives with regard to human impacts on environmental change, demonstrating a trajectory towards greater and more explicit acknowledgement of climate change and anthropogenic impacts in each released game.

Lewis James Alcott and Taylor Maavara

Status: open (until 21 May 2024)

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Lewis James Alcott and Taylor Maavara
Lewis James Alcott and Taylor Maavara

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Public perception of climate change impacts on environmental systems is primarily driven by exposure to different forms of media. Here, we inspect the ever-growing public discourse around climate change over the last 30 years and assess perceptions gained from the largest media franchise worldwide, Pokémon. We highlight the growth of the acknowledgement of anthropogenic change, keeping track with the step-by-step increases in public exposure to climate change.
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