"I’m a scholar of environmental communication who examines how people
become engaged with solving dilemmas such as climate change, and how
activism motivates others to take action. A new study I worked on
suggests that large rallies, such as this youth-led Climate Strike,
could be influencing public opinion."
"We conducted surveys to assess public opinion before and after the
March for Science – which had a wide-ranging agenda that included
climate change – and the 2017 People’s Climate March, which took place
on back-to-back Saturdays in April 2017. Hundreds of thousands of people
took part in the main protests in Washington, as affiliated marches
occurred in other cities in the U.S. and around the world."
"The responses suggested that many Americans may have changed their
opinion about the climate change movement around that time – in the
spring of 2017.
For instance, the percentage who viewed climate activists as
“aggressive” fell by 10 percentage points, from 74% to 64%. Similarly,
survey respondents viewed activists as less “arrogant” and “dictatorial”
after the protests occurred."
Via Lisa Stranger.
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics