614 Pages 20 Color & 63 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Grassroots Climate Activism introduces contemporary forms of grassroots climate activism from around the world through the lenses of a variety of academic disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives. Focusing on bottom-up case studies, it showcases innovative and creative approaches, as well as the knowledge of those working towards swift decarbonisation, just transitions, and climate justice.

    Grassroots climate activism presents a rich body of material to be studied not only by anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, and political scientists, but also by scholars in the humanities and the creative arts. This timely handbook explores climate activism across six continents, and it provides perspectives from climate activists themselves. The authors interrogate a range of key questions: what forms of mobilisation, organisation, and practice constitute grassroots climate activism, and how have these changed over the last decade? What are the boundaries of the climate movement and how does it interact with, or differ from, other social movements? How do activists engage with the moral dimensions of the climate crisis? How do grassroots engagements with climate struggles give shape to plural, site-specific, but nonetheless interconnected, forms of climate activism? What tools do climate activists use to create functioning and effective local, national, and transnational networks? How has climate activism been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic? What is the relationship between critical scholarship and climate activism? What methodologies are particularly effective for studying climate activism, and why?

    This handbook aims to inspire others to devote more attention to grassroots climate activism. It brings together established and up-and-coming scholars, scholar-activists, and practitioners who present novel, cutting-edge research and new findings exploring current developments in different parts of the world. This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of climate activism, climate solutions, climate and society, human-environmental crises, grassroots activism, and social movements. It will also be of interest to practitioners involved in climate action and to all those who are ready to launch their own grassroots initiatives, or support one of the many already underway.

    1. Grassroots Climate Activism Across Six Continents

    Sabine von Mering, Thomas E. Bell, Alexandre da Silva Faustino, Wendy Steele, Ann Ward, and Mariana Arjona Soberón

    Part I: Accounts from the Ground: The Fight for Climate Justice

    Introduction to Part I

    2. NoDAPL and the continued fight for Tribal Self-Determination by Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the United States

    Ashley Hemmers

    3. Indigenous Climate Justice and Epistemic Politics in Amazonia

    Sylvia Cifuentes

    4. Brazilian Grassroots Climate Activism in Unequal Waterscapes

    Alexandre da Silva Faustino, Nícolas Guerra-Tão, and Wendy Steele

    5. Pacific Youth and Climate Activism: Safeguarding Our Fa’asinomaga

    Tahere T Siisiialafia Mau and Joseph Percival

    6. Realising Common Ground: Custodianship of Country and Youth Climate Action

    Madison Shakespeare, Michelle Catanzaro, and Caelli Jo Brooker

    7. Action, Inertia, and the Stories that Get us Moving

    Keerti Gopal

    Part II: Climate Artivism

    Introduction to Part II

    8. Climate Activism and Attunement through Creative Practices

    Rebecca Olive, Fiona Hillary, Wendy Steele, Kit Wise, Alexandre da Silva Faustino, Nícolas Guerra-Tão, and Paloma Bugedo

    9. A Contemplative Pedagogy of Listening

    Linda Chase

    10. The Sonic Work of Transnational Youth Climate Movements

    Mark Ortiz

    11. Performing Transformative Climate Justice

    Thomas King

    12. Turning a Leaf: Climate Activism in English-language Writing

    Sabine von Mering

    13. Wild Hope and Curatorial Activism

    Fleur Watson, Wendy Steele, Naomi Stead, and Katrina Simon

    Part III: Diverse Modes of Organising Different Constituencies

    Introduction to Part III

    14. Nanna Mobilities: Environmental Policy and Protest Movements in Australia and the UK

    Prashanti Sasha Dhani Mayfield

    15. Young People’s Climate Activism

    Sally Neas, Ann Ward, and Benjamin Bowman

    16. Pandemic Possibilities: The Corona Crisis as Perceived Opportunity and Threat for Climate Activists

    Mattias Wahlström and Lotte Schack

    17. Youth Climate Activists’ Practices on Social Media in Belgium and France

    Yuliya Samofalova, Andrea Catellani, and Louise Amelie Cougnon

    18. Challenging Politics to Do (and Be) Better: Young People’s Climate Activism Role in the Italian Political Landscape

    Gabriella Sesti Ossèo

    19. Christian Communities as Climate Champions

    Reba Elliott

    Part IV: Civil Disobedience and Litigation vs Criminalising and Politicising Climate Activism

    Introduction to Part IV

    20. Extinction Rebellion and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience

    Linda Williams and Damien Rudd

    21. System Change, Not Climate Change: The Climate Justice Movement in Germany 2008–2022

    Daniel Hofinger and Maximilian Becker

    22. Unburnable Coal and Unlabelled Climate Activism in China

    Bowen Gu and Liu Juan

    23. Beyond Protest: How Legal Actions Drive Climate Justice

    Lea Maine-Klingst, Maria-Antonia Tigre, and Hermann Ott

    24. ‘Academic Freedom’ v Climate Change Denial: How the Politics of Research Funding Shape the Possibilities for Researching Grassroots Activism

    Rob Watts, Judith Bessant, Stewart Jackson, Michelle Catanzaro, Faith Gordon, and Philippa Collin

    Part V: Grassroots Critical Perspectives on Climate Actions

    Introduction to Part V

    25. Grassroots Climate Activism in North Africa: Local, Personal and Radical

    Haneen Ali Zeglam

    26. Climate Change Infrastructures and Transnational Activist Networks

    Emilia Groupp

    27. Community-Led Responses to Climate-Induced Disasters in Zimbabwe: Towards a Politico-Community-Based Model

    Thomas Karakadzai and Innocent Chirisa

    28. Climate Activism and Environmental Politics in Mongolia

    Joe Ellis and Byambabaatar Ichinkhorloo

    29. Grassroots vs Greenwashing: The Climate Movement and Animal Agriculture

    Adriana Voss-Andreae

    Part VI: Fighting Against False Solutions and Prefiguring Alternatives

    Introduction to Part VI

    30. No Greenwashing of Fossil Gas - Creating a Grassroots Transatlantic Climate Bridge Against False Solutions

    Andy Gheorghiu and Sabine von Mering

    31. Climate Activism and the Political-Economic Landscape in Nigeria

    Joy Egbe

    32. Grounding the Global Climate Movement: Eco-socialist militancy and Neo-rural experimentations in the present Environmental Activism in Italy

    Elena Apostoli Cappello

    33. Promise Motivation: Films that Encourage Grassroots Climate Activism

    Sabine von Mering

    34. Insider Climate Activism: Slowing Down or Speeding Up to Decarbonize?

    Annika Skoglund

    Part VII: Epistemological Questions and New Praxis

    Introduction to Part VII

    35. Knowledge in the Frame: The Epistemology of Extinction Rebellion

    Georgina Treloar

    36. Convening Climate Activism in Canada: Conflicting Expertise and the Production of the Problem

    Adam Fleischmann

    37. Climate Activism in K-12 Formal Education Across North American Contexts

    Ellen Field, Sarah Stapleton, Gregory Lowan-Trudeau, Colin Harris, Chloe Nguyen, and Aishwarya Puttur

    38. People Powered Climate Justice: Challenges and Possibilities in Engaging Activists in Strategic Capacity Building

    Rumbidzai Irene Mpahlo, Joseph Worthy Jr., and Alexander Repenning

    39. Building Regenerative Cultures in Extinction Rebellion Activism and Academic Research

    Hannah Fitchett

    40. A Future Through Climate Activism: An Outlook

    Sabine von Mering, Alexandre da Silva Faustino, and Wendy Steele


    Sabine von Mering is Director of the Center for German and European Studies, Professor of German and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a core faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

    Thomas E. Bell has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent, UK.

    Alexandre da Silva Faustino has a PhD in Urban Geography completed at the School of Global, Urban, and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and is member of The Alliance for Praxis Research.

    Wendy Steele is Research Director at RMIT Europe, Spain, and a Professor in Sustainability and Critical Urban Governance in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University, Australia.

    Ann Ward has a PhD in Sociology from Brandeis University, USA and works at the Office of Sustainability at Tufts University, USA.

    Mariana Arjona Soberón is a PhD Candidate at the Rachel Carson Center and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, Germany.

    "Just what we have needed: a global, diverse, and accessible must-have collection for anyone who studies, teaches or is active in the climate movement."

    Juliet B. Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College, UK.

    "An incredible resource for activists and activists-to-be."

    Luisa Neubauer, climate activist, co-founder of the Fridays for Future youth climate movement in Germany, and co-author of Beginning to End the Climate Crisis. A History of Our Future (2023).