Bafta calls for more climate change TV plot lines

2019-05-15 at 15:49

Television shows should have more plot lines and references to climate change to help tackle the issue, according to Bafta.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says TV can help change people’s attitudes towards the planet.

It cites successes from previous initiatives based around health and social issues.

The call to action comes after Bafta analysed a year’s worth of subtitles from 40 TV channels.

It found that references to climate change lagged far behind such terms as “beer” or “sex”.

What has Bafta found?

In its “Subtitles to Save the World” report, the academy analysed 128,719 non-news programmes from across the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky between September 2017 and September 2018.

In total, 25 words related to the environment were tracked including “food waste”, “electric car” and “green energy”.

The document found that “climate change” had 3,125 mentions – far behind such terms as “beer” (21,648), “dog” (105,245), “tea” (60,060) and “sex” (56,307).