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The narratives of The Handmaid's Tale name several environmental changes with impact on the ecological and political situation of the pre-Gileadean United States of America.

Global Warming Edit

According to the title of a book by Joseph Lawrence, global warming had a serious impact on American prosperity (See Commander Lawrence's Bookshelf).

The Republic of Gilead responded to these climate changes by reportedly reducing its carbon emissions by 78% in the first three years of its existence[1].

Pollution Edit

In the alternate reality of the narrative, large territories of the continental United States, referred as the Colonies, have been heavily polluted for decades by pesticides and radioactive fallout[2]

The religion-based ideology of Gilead sees infertility as a penal "plague" sent by God, in response to air pollution "with chemicals and radiation and poison" [3]

References Edit

  1. Fred Waterford in episode 1.6, A Woman's Place
  2. Subtitles in a Hulu video clip.
  3. Aunt Lydia in episode 1.1, Offred
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