Authors: Michael Christopher Rupic*, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Topics: Australia and New Zealand, Cultural and Political Ecology, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Australia/Oceania, Coal Mining, Natural Resources, Human-Environment Interactions, Environmental Discourses, Social Movements, Political Ecology/Economy, Social Media, Environmental Activism
Session Type: Poster
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Australian grassroots action on climate change is a recent phenomenon. Climate change as an issue of concern entered the political landscape and the national psyche of Australia later than in other countries, but since then there has been a surge of climate action. A grassroots layer of the climate movement has been co-evolving with the proposal of development projects such as coal mines. Australia’s grassroots movement consists of concerned citizens seeking to address climate change through personal action by pushing for broader economic, political, and social change. The research produced by this analysis delves into this aspect of climate action in the context of the coal mining industry in Australia. #StopAdani: The Landscape of Environmental Activism in Australia is positioned within a political ecology approach to socio-ecological change and a critical physical geography framework. Grassroots movements around the country such as #StopAdani might be analyzed via a discursive ecological framework, which enables a deep interrogation of the environmental discourses, e.g., sustainable development, environmental justice, green radicalism, that are in circulation among environmental activists. The Australian grassroots layer of the environmental movement is highly diverse in terms of its actors and its practices, which may be the movement’s greatest strength as it enables multiple avenues for climate action.