Surveys

Below are all the surveys we have received so far. If you haven’t answered the questions yet, please do so by clicking here.

Why do people get involved in (climate) activism? And how?
“People get involved in forms of activism for several reasons:
i) Identification with an issue (climate change, third world debt etc.)
ii) A feeling of alienation or unease with the world.
iii) The influence of various sub-cultures or scenes and their attractiveness.”

Who stays involved and why?
People who manage to become accepted into the culture and the often informal hierarchies which develop. Or people that find a way to balance organising commitments with the rest of their life and still find it rewarding.

Why do people stop being involved? Give as many reasons as you like!
“i) Unfulfilling.
ii) Burn out.
iii) Personal fallings out.
iv) Moving on to other things.
v) Frustration.”

If you are no longer involved, what would it take for YOU to get involved again?
Still involved. Wouldn’t get involved in climate activism unless I saw a movement with a clear, thought through strategy seeking to work with normal people on issues which affect their everyday life.

What are the barriers to becoming involved (or re-involved)?
“i) Visibility – Where to go to get involved.
ii) Knowledge – lots of assume knowledge, also vague ideas of activists (more self-education)
iii) Clear strategies and methods.”

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Why do people get involved in (climate) activism? And how?
The standard answer would be because people care. We know from the evidence we’ve seen so far that climate change is a big problem facing humanity and care enough to want to ‘do something’ about it.

Who stays involved and why?
I think that those who stay involved lie usually either have time and dedication or good time management and dedication. Other factors that come into play are how attached activists become to the ‘activist community’ and how much they feel they belong. It can be cliquey.

Why do people stop being involved? Give as many reasons as you like!
This follows on from the factors influencing continued involvement. One reason for lack of involvement would be lack of time or bad time management skills. Then again other reasons could be disillusionment, not necessarily with the cause but with the techniques used.

Activism can be as dogmatic as religion I’ve found. Cherry picking evidence to suit a cause however worthy (not referring to climate activism, but to anti-GM activism now) is disillusioning as is not a sign of good logic.

Other reasons that people stop being involved could relate to cliquishness; this is a natural outcome if people work together for prolonged period on emotionally-charged issues, however for those who are not actively involved it can be off-putting as it would make them feel like an outsider even though they could have the same amount of dedication, but lack the time for legitimate reasons.

If you are no longer involved, what would it take for YOU to get involved again?
Time is a factor. Also, being able to identify with more tangible and achievable goals. When I got involved in climate activism, it was all to do with direct action. I think having the ability to organise direct action is important for the movement as a whole, but I’d like to expend my energy and skills now in something like lobbying or education for behaviour change.

What are the barriers to becoming involved (or re-involved)?
Making the time. As with anyone who wants to ‘do something’ I care about more than one issue in this twisted world of ours. So, deciding what I want to do vis-a-vis each and balancing that with work and social life is the barrier I see now

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Why do people get involved in (climate) activism? And how?
I’ve been involved with activism for numerous reasons. On reflection a common strand is probably having the opportunity to take collective action that has some effect on issues that I feel strongly about. Again I’ve done this in various ways with groups of friends, finding active campaign groups, turning up a protest camps, going to meetings and talking to people amongst others. The initial step usually involves finding or helping create a group of people who are also passionate about the same issues.

Who stays involved and why?
Being facetious but never the less true, I find being a white middle class male who can’t get their privileges validated elsewhere keeps me involved. I suppose you could generalise this and say people stay with groups as long as they continue providing them with some form of validation.
I suspect that generalisations aren’t much use when applied to groups and you need to look at the specificities of each situation.

Why do people stop being involved? Give as many reasons as you like!
I get frustrated when I feel the group is no longer achieving anything. I might stay engaged for a time out of loyalty to friends and because of a senses of obligation in the hope that things will change. However I think it would be healthier just to move on.

If you are no longer involved, what would it take for YOU to get involved again?
I’m not sure at the moment but I’ll keep looking.

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Why do people get involved in (climate) activism? And how?
-because they are truly concerned about climate change and want to make a change.

or

-because they like the image of being an activist and get involved in any campaign going

Who stays involved and why?
People who enjoy the lifestyle, fit in socially.

People who are passionate about the cause and think they will make a difference.

Why do people stop being involved? Give as many reasons as you like!

Because they become apathetic or give up hope.
Because they are frustrated at how things are run.
Because their ideas are not as radical as those around them
Because they have other commitments
Because they find the activism stressful

What are the barriers to becoming involved (or re-involved)?

I don’t believe direct action is the best solution, I would need activism to be less framed around this.

I would find it easier if there were not so many different organisations and they all worked together.

I don’t fit in with the ‘image’ of an activist I am much more quiet and thoughtful than most of the ones I have met, I would like to be able to make my contributions without having to change my personality.

Better thought out campaigns with hard evidence behind them, such as peer-reviewed literature on climate change and its impacts and ways to reduce these and mitigation. There is a lot of peer-reviewed literature around on this such as from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

A lot of the leaflets seem like propaganda in the way they are written, I would feel more comfortable getting involved if they were written in a more factual, less emotive manner.

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Why do people get involved in (climate) activism? And how?
Why:
– Acknowledging there are issues and that they can make change
– Anger
– Threatened livelihood (e.g. Indigenous struggles)
– To meet like-minded people

How:
– Local community (e.g. church, suburb, school, workplace, etc.)
– Public gatherings
– Direct conversations
– Relationships

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
– Life
– Too much bureaucracy
– Personality clashes
– Failures

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)
– Life
– 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)

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