Julia Steinberger: Struggle for survival: The importance of climate activism from the perspectives of political economy and science communication
9:00 AM, Friday 4 Jun 2021 EDT (1 hour 15 minutes)
Climate activism is crucial for any sustained progress on climate action. I will discuss this from two systemic perspectives in social science: political economy and science communication. I will explore what the terms "fossil capitalism" and "captured state" mean in reality and for activism, in particular through the lens of the political economy of dependence on cars. I will build on this systemic understanding to draw lessons for the role, potential and necessity of social organizing and activism.
- Pirgmaier, E. and J.K. Steinberger (2019) Roots, Riots, and Radical Change—A Road Less Travelled for Ecological Economics. Sustainability 11(7).
- Mattioli, M., D. Roberts, J.K. Steinberger and A. Brown (2020) The political economy of car dependence: a systems of provision approach. Energy Research and Social Science.
- Steinberger, J. K. (2019) A Postmortem for Survival: on science, failure and action on climate change. Medium.com
University of Leeds
Professor of Social Ecology & Ecological Economics, School of Earth and Environment