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State Department Wants Frozen PSAs About Climate Change

A more accurate version of Frozen could be really depressing. 

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The apocalypse is closer than ever and people are taking private jets to climate change talks. This is not good. We need a new idea. Something to cut through the partisan rhetoric about global warming and give people the facts. Something that harnasses the power of imagination and Idina Menzel’s voice. We need a Frozen sequel about climate change.

Conveniently, State Department envoy for the Arctic Robert Papp is all over it. As the Hill reports, he says he recently met with a Disney executive about how the Frozen characters could be used to teach kids about the effects of climate change. He’s especially interested in getting the word out about “the plight of the polar bear, about the thawing tundra, [and] about Alaskan villages that run the risk of falling into the sea.”

Speaking at a conference in Norway, Papp said that during the meeting he applauded Disney for teaching kids about the Arctic in Frozen. But he added that the movie’s Arctic was, well, Disney-fied—it’s a magical place without any sustainability issues. Meanwhile, the actual Arctic is in critical danger. “As I continued to talk I could see the executive getting more and more perplexed,” Papp said. “And he said, ‘Admiral, you might not understand. Here at Disney it’s in our culture to tell stories that project optimism and have happy endings.’ ”

You can see how a Frozen sequel called Thawed might not do so well at the box office.