Climate Camp and public discourse of climate change in the UK

Bergman, Noam (2015) Climate Camp and public discourse of climate change in the UK. Carbon Management, 5 (4). pp. 339-348. ISSN 1758-3004

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Abstract

This paper considers the effects of the Camp for Climate Action, or “Climate Camp,” on climate change mitigation and public discourse in the UK on climate change, drawing on participants' views and media coverage in addition to academic sources. Climate Camp was an activist movement best known for summer protest camps in the UK in 2006–2010, which targeted high-profile sources of greenhouse gas emissions, including Heathrow airport and Drax power station; engaged in radical, anti-capitalist critique of climate change; and demonstrated sustainable living. The ongoing effects of Climate Camp on climate change mitigation are analyzed, including specific campaigns, public discourse and mobilization of activists. The paper finds that while specific campaigns were successful and Climate Camp has contributed to a renewal of environmental activism and mobilization of “bystanders,” the movement has (so far) failed to shift public discourse on climate change, let alone effect the deep systemic change it deemed necessary to mitigate climate change.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Noam Bergman
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 11:36
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 11:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65400
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