By: Robyn Gulliver, Kelly Fielding, and Winnifred Louis
Date of Publication: September 2021
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Transnational movements using nonviolent resistance tactics to demand action on climate change have emerged from a foundation of decades of persistent and diverse environmental activism. What are the features of this nonviolent resistance that differentiate it from previous activism? What response is this resistance prompting from political and financial entities? To investigate these questions this monograph combines a large-scale longitudinal data set on climate activism in Australia with two case studies of nonviolent resistance against corporations.
The study offers key lessons for a range of individuals and groups, from climate activists and civil society organizations to academics and others interested in supporting nonviolent action against climate change. In doing so, it addresses major gaps in our understanding of the effectiveness of civil resistance against climate change and the potential this resistance holds to prompt urgent action.
About the Authors:
Robyn Gulliver has been an activist for more than 15 years and served on the leadership team of numerous local and national environmental NGOs and coalitions in the Australian and New Zealand environmental movements. She is currently undertaking doctoral research into environmental activism in Australia at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on how environmental organizations can design and implement successful campaigns, as well as optimize their resources to more effectively demand meaningful action to address our global environmental challenges.
Associate Professor Kelly Fielding is an interdisciplinary researcher with a focus on how to understand and promote more sustainable practices in communities. She collaborates with researchers from a range of disciplines and from government and industry to conduct research that can inform pro-environmental campaigns and programs. She has been an associate editor of Environment and Behavior and she has also served on a range of government and industry reference groups.
Professor Winnifred Louis has published over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters on topics including effective activism and identity and decision-making. She has served as an Action or Associate editor for eight international peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Peace Psychology. Winnifred has more than 30 years’ experience as an activist, for example on the peace and environment movements.