Why do people get involved in (climate) activism? And how?
- Acknowledging there are issues and that they can make change
- Threatened livelihood (e.g. Indigenous struggles)
- To meet like-minded people
- Local community (e.g. church, suburb, school, workplace, etc.)
- Public gatherings
- Direct conversations
Who stays involved and why?
- Those who have no choice (e.g. Indigenous struggles), although this is usually when it is supported by a larger local community
- Those who have trouble relinquishing control
- Those who are too stubborn to let failure after failure stop them
- Those who make it their ‘living’ (i.e. professionals working in NGO’s)
- Those who have had positive experiences and actual wins
Why do people stop being involved? Give as many reasons as you like!
- Burn out
- Lack of progression
- Inefficient, boring, pointless and unproductive meetings
- Lack of creativity in tactics
- Relationship break-ups
- Too much bureaucracy
- Personality clashes
If you are no longer involved, what would it take for YOU to get involved again?
I am still involved
What are the barriers to becoming involved (or re-involved)?
- Hard to break into pre-existing social circles
- Not fitting the stereotype (true or otherwise)
- Different abilities
- Seeing the same mistakes being made over and over again
- Perceived lack of understanding (more precisely, an overtly large amount of ego-foddering by some of those involved)