Game of Thrones and Climate Change Parable

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The Weird Parable Between Game of Thrones and Climate Change

Game of Thrones returns for its highly-anticipated final season on Sunday, April 14 in the United States. Fans in Pakistan will wake up to a brand new episode on the morning of April 15. While we can’t wait to find out who finally gets to sit on the Iron Throne, one Twitter user @JedediahSPurdy started an interesting debate when he compared the levels of atmospheric carbon the day the HBO series returns, with the levels of carbon in the earth’s atmosphere the day its series writer George R. R. Martin was born and when the show first started airing.

“Series creator George R.R. Martin has been open that Game of Thrones is a climate change parable. The people in Westeros are fighting their individual battles over power and wealth and so, ignore the threat that could destroy their world.” 

“The people in Westeros are fighting their individual battles over power and status and wealth. And those are so distracting them that they’re ignoring the threat of “winter is coming,” which has the potential to destroy all of them and to destroy their world. And there is a great parallel there to, I think, what I see this planet doing here, where we’re fighting our own battles. We’re fighting over issues, important issues, mind you — foreign policy, domestic policy, civil rights, social responsibility, social justice. All of these things are important. But while we’re tearing ourselves apart over this and expending so much energy, there exists this threat of climate change, which, to my mind, is conclusively proved by most of the data and 99.9 percent of the scientific community. And it really has the potential to destroy our world.” – George R. R. Martin

Faisal Rahat

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