Revolution or inch-by-inch? Campaign approaches on climate change by environmental groups

Hall, Nina L. and Taplin, Ros (2007). Revolution or inch-by-inch? Campaign approaches on climate change by environmental groups. In: Selected papers from The Ninth Annual Environmental Research Conference 2005 (ERE 2005). Annual Environmental Research Conference, Hobart, Australia, (95-107). December 2005. doi:10.1007/s10669-007-9022-y


Author Hall, Nina L.
Taplin, Ros
Title of paper Revolution or inch-by-inch? Campaign approaches on climate change by environmental groups
Conference name Annual Environmental Research Conference
Conference location Hobart, Australia
Conference dates December 2005
Proceedings title Selected papers from The Ninth Annual Environmental Research Conference 2005 (ERE 2005)   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Environmentalist   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/s10669-007-9022-y
ISSN 0251-1088
2194-5411
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 95
End page 107
Total pages 499
Abstract/Summary Climate change is a significant environmental, social and environmental problem that has been identified by scientists in consensus internationally. The Australian Government's response is considered by environmental non-government organisations (NGOs) to be inadequate. NGOs are 'change agents' of society, and in this role they are agitating to influence political decision-making on climate change response. This paper outlines the campaign strategies being used by Australian NGOs to attract public and political attention to the issue of climate change. Using seven NGOs as case studies, the archival materials of these organisations were accessed and analysed. Current academic and other literature also was used to reflect on their effectiveness. Four campaign themes and, within these, fifteen activities were identified. The results indicate that the notion of whether NGOs are undertaking an 'revolutionary' or 'incremental' approach, or any other narrow strategic approach put forward by various scholars is too simple for analysing campaigns: none of the NGOs appear to intentionally favour one type of strategy. The question raised by this finding is whether the NGOs' current 'multi-strategic' approach is effective. This research contributes to filling the information gap with regard to NGO campaign strategies on environmental issues, and highlights the need for further research.
Subjects 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
2300 Environmental Science
Keyword Australia
Campaign strategies
Climate change
Environmental advocacy
Non-government organisations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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