Why is everyone talking about climate change … again?

Anna Szolucha

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-96
Number of pages8
JournalIrish Journal of Sociology
Volume28
Issue number1
Early online date19 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

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