Why is everyone talking about climate change … again?

Szolucha, Anna (2020) Why is everyone talking about climate change … again? Irish Journal of Sociology, 28 (1). pp. 89-96. ISSN 0791-6035

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In this short article, I reflect on the last 50 years of environmental mobilisations in Europe and ask why democracy is important for contemporary climate action. Although the current wave of climate protests seems to share many characteristics with its 1970s predecessors, there is also a sense that contemporary movements and campaigns present a new quality in the long history of combating global warming. Are there any lessons that can be drawn from the history of environmentalism that can help us understand the current condition of climate action? I hope that by putting the environmental movement in a historical perspective, we can gain an insight into the factors that play a decisive role in effecting socio-ecological change.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This article received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 657039 as well as the NERC-ESRC programme on Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change, democracy, environmental movement, environmental justice
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2020 10:17
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 17:26
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42276

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