Making Better Climate Activism: It's Going to Take Everybody

Climate Decoded

13-11-2023 • 38 mins

In this episode of Climate Decoded, we unpack climate activism — what it is, how it works, and how it can work better. It’s one of the principal ways the general public can communicate to people in power and encourage others to do the same. You’ve probably heard of Greta Thunberg, the Fridays for Future movement, or seen some headlines about Extinction Rebellion stopping traffic or throwing soup on paintings. But is that really the essence of climate activism? And does it really move the needle on climate justice? How do we define “climate activism” and measure its effectiveness?


Climate activism is part of an ecosystem of activist movements. And not everyone identifies as a “climate activist”; some people resonate more with “advocate” or “intersectional justice activist”. In this episode, researcher Robyn Gulliver walks us through some of this terminology, and explains how different types of activism can be tracked and measured. We go on-the-ground in Perth, Australia, where Disrupt Burrup Hub activist Joana Partyka is speaking up against Woodside Energy’s gas extraction project threatening 12 different marine parks and indigenous rock art. From Cape Town, South Africa, Mitchelle Mhaka and Gabriel Klaasen explain their work as programme managers for African Climate Alliance, a youth-led, movement-based, grassroots organisation acting and advocating for Afrocentric climate justice. They talk through the importance of education, communication, and rest in activism work.


Lecturer Heather Alberro brings further understanding of how to conceptualize activism on a topic - climate change - that is so clearly a hyperobject: something whose dimensions in space and time are so massive in relation to a human life that it is impossible for us to fully conceptualize it. And yet we must still try to make change for the better. This episode offers a hopeful yet realistic view of the ground work done and yet to do in the climate activism space.


Find resources mentioned in the episode and more at www.climatedecoded.com.



Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

You Might Like

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast
The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
The Daily Stoic
The Daily Stoic
Daily Stoic | Wondery
Two Mr Ps in a Pod(Cast)
Two Mr Ps in a Pod(Cast)
Two Mr Ps in a Pod(Cast)
Coffee Break Spanish
Coffee Break Spanish
Coffee Break Languages
Coffee Break French
Coffee Break French
Coffee Break Languages
Learning As I Go
Learning As I Go
Scott Thomas
Coffee Break Italian
Coffee Break Italian
Coffee Break Languages
Am I the Genius?
Am I the Genius?
youtube.com/@amithegenius
Motivational Speeches
Motivational Speeches
Motivational Speeches
audiobooks world
audiobooks world
Audiobook world
Sleep
Sleep
The Engineered Network