Climate Action and Environmental Activism: The Role of Environmental NGOs and Grassroots Movements in the Global Politics of Climate Change

Doyle, Julie (2009) Climate Action and Environmental Activism: The Role of Environmental NGOs and Grassroots Movements in the Global Politics of Climate Change In: Boyce, Tammy and Lewis, Justin, eds. Climate Change and the Media. Peter Lang, New York, USA, pp. 103-116. ISBN 978-1-4331-0461-9 (hardcover) 978-1-4331-0460-2 (paperback)

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Abstract

Environmental NGOs have been at the forefront of climate change communication since the IPCC published its first assessment report in 1990, and have been central to the translation of climate change science into lay discourse and understanding. Yet environmental NGOs have been largely ignored in the climate change story. This paper addresses this silence by examining the ways in which action to mitigate climate change is being enacted across a range of environmental groups. These range from the activities promoted by international NGOs such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF, to the recent collaborations promoted by the ‘Stop Climate Chaos’ coalition. However, as the climate messages and actions of larger NGOs have achieved increasing visibility within media, government and public discourse, this has been accompanied by a concomitant shift in the UK to grassroots direct actions taken by smaller groups as the Camp for Climate Change and Plane Stupid. The paper explores how these different environmental groups approach climate change communication and mitigation, analysing how they frame the responsibilities of individual and governmental action, what discourses they use in the call for action, and what practices are being advocated. In doing so, the paper sheds light on the current status of climate activism enacted by environmental NGOs in order to evaluate the effectiveness of their approaches to the mitigation of climate change on a global, national and local level.

Item Type:Chapter in book
Uncontrolled Keywords:environmental NGOs, climate change, activism
Subjects:F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences > F810 Environmental Geography
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Arts and Media
ID Code:7127
Deposited By:Julie Doyle
Deposited On:04 May 2010
Last Modified:18 Jun 2010 12:41

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