Youth, climate and environmentalism

Bowman, B., Bell, K. and Alexis-Martin, B. (2021) Youth, climate and environmentalism. In: Bell, K. (ed.) Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. Series: Routledge studies in environmental justice. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 132-147. ISBN 9780367567309 (doi: 10.4324/9781003099185-9)

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This chapter focuses on youth activism. It argues that this activism is complex and framed in ways that uphold and recognise the connections between environmental justice and global economic, social and political justice. The youth climate strikes have drawn significant attention to this. What stands out about the climate strike movement may be the way that school strikes take place across the conceptual and epistemological boundary of child activism because they disrupt adult institutions, align with adult-led groups and present an easy-to-recognise form of civil disobedience, which is strike action and the withdrawal of labour. At the same time, the climate strikes offer children the opportunity to dissent and disrupt, to express themselves and to organise their own movement led by young people, for young people. We discuss the importance, and the marginalisation, of children as environmental activists. We focus on children, but reflect at the end of the chapter on young people’s activism more widely.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bell, Dr Karen
Authors: Bowman, B., Bell, K., and Alexis-Martin, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Published Online:03 June 2021

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