Playing With: Green Aesop
Basic Trope: An aesop about why we should care about the environment, often mixing with Science Is Bad, Gaia's Vengeance, and Humans Are Bastards.
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- Straight: Characters learn that the environment is important and that everyone must take action to protect the planet, such as recycling and driving less.
- Exaggerated: Characters learn that the Earth is dying and Humans Are Bastards and if somebody doesn't take some sort of action, they will eventually see The End of the World as We Know It
- Downplayed: The characters learn to save trees by recycling.
- Justified: Characters care a lot about the planet and ways to protect it.
- The world is trying to kill us! OH NOES!!
- Characters learn that human survival and scientific progress is more important than saving a few trees.
- Subverted: It turns out to be a bad thing to care about the environment
- Double Subverted: Except that there's a better solution out there!
- Parodied: Crank the Anvilicousness of the aesop Up to Eleven!
- Zig Zagged: Depending on the writer, it's sometimes this and sometimes and a story with a Science Hero. The story goes back and forth between Romanticism Versus Enlightenment.
- The villain of the story is a vengeful nature spirit trying to destroy humanity. On one hand, it makes a good point about humanity's influence on the environment. On the other hand it's harming innocent people, and nature may be beautiful and necessary to life on earth, but it is brutal and overall less than pleasant.
- Averted: Characters learn nothing about the environment.
- Enforced: The creators really care about the environment and thinks everyone else should too.
- Lampshaded: The characters ask if there's a message about the environment during the event(s) of the work.
- Invoked: Characters seek out advice about saving the planet.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Characters dismiss any "Save The Earth" message as preachy and unnecessary.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- "Going Green" turns out to be ungodly expensive, causes people to lose their jobs, causes the firm to lose money or productivity...
- A fanatical but well-meaning environmentalist does everything he can to 'save' the environment by destroying all the polluting factories and power stations. He fails to take into account the vacuum that will result from the sudden disappearance of these things from societies built around them, and not given enough time to 'wean' themselves off of them. The result is starvation, pain and misery: the environmentalist realizes he's done something horrible. For a more cynical approach, he doesn't even care.
- But then it turns out that even if, in the short term, it's not entirely good, it turns out to be better in the long term.
- The environmentalist does everything he possibly can to help rebuild the civilizations he destroyed, while making sure to build them around cleaner sources of power. It takes blood, sweat and tears, and many people suffer in the meantime, but at long last but they manage to pull it off with the environmentalist walking away from the whole debacle with the realization that there are no simple solutions, and resolves to find a way to get the results he wants without the pain and misery his ham-handed approach had wrought.
- Played For Laughs: One of the characters manages to cause a tidal wave from the polar ice caps to recede by unplugging all the stuffs from the electrical outlets.
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