Study suggests activism and civil disobedience are helping communicate the science of climate change

Study suggests activism and civil disobedience are helping communicate the science of climate change

A group of the world's top climate change biologists, including Professor Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen, have published an editorial highlighting how global movements of civil disobedience focused on climate change are playing an important role in increasing public awareness and engagement with issues of climate change.

The idea for the analysis emerged when a recent Global Change Biology Editorial meeting occurred in the same week as the September global climate strikes.  Lead authors and Global Change Biology Editors, Professors Sharon Robinson and Pete Smith, and Ms Rhea Bruno co-led the analysis looking at trends in reporting of climate change in online and broadcast media.

They found that the keywords 'climate action' and 'climate emergency' were generally not searched for in the past, but their use increased 20-fold in 2019.

 

The full article can be found on the University News Page

 

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