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Even if they are annoying to some,

People at a climate protest


In the last few years, climate protests have been on the rise. From Turkey GermanyTo the US, Australia Africa: CountriesLocal activists have fought against corporate actions that threaten precious green space and accelerate global heating.

Take into account the Protest marchIt took place in Glasgow, on 6 November 2021 during the UN climate conference COP26. As diverse groups marched together to demand action against global warming, banners were waved by them calling attention to issues such greenwashing and housing crises as well as trade unions.

Participating in this march will allow you to: ProtestersYou may have started to see yourself as part of a larger, more inclusive group. Shared identity – one that specifically stood in opposition to climate destruction. This identity was reinforced by songs and chants, such as the words “Power to the people because the people have the power”, that rippled out across groups along the march route.

This inclusive identity, based in fighting inequality, can also be seen in the solidarity among climate protesters at COP26. BinmenStrive for higher pay.

Long-term benefits

People who reduce their plastic use, use low-carbon transport like bicycles and eat a plant-based diet are often called “environmentalists” as a result of their behaviour. It is possible for this relationship to reverse, however.

People at a climate protest
Protests can help people develop valuable social skills.
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Perceiving yourself as part of the “environmentalist” social category – by identifying the environmentally friendly beliefs you share with that group – could help drive sustainable behaviour, crucial in the face of climate change.

Our research suggests that these behaviors must be influenced in order to have any impact. endure over time. For that to happen, it’s important to have the opportunity to express your new shared identity in different social contexts.

This can be achieved through building relationships with other members of an environmental community. You will increase the importance of environmental issues in your daily life and the likelihood that your sustainable behavior will continue behind closed doors.

Based on ours and others’ research on psychological change and collective action, it seems that what benefits protesters also benefits society. When protesters encourage reducing consumption and becoming more climate-conscious, we all – along with the environment – ProfitIt.

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Some suggest that protests can be peaceful. alienate peopleThrough, for instance, actions that disrupt daily life (creating congestion in traffic jams) is a particularly bad example. And politicians have called for protests Counterproductive, while emphasising that “real work” on climate happens within conferences and boardrooms.

But we’d argue that protests are an Effective tool, even when they’re disruptive. Seeing others act increases our ability to take action. Hope for the futureAs well as providing an opportunity for vicarious empowerment – motivating people in other places to take similar action, even when they haven’t physically participated in the original protests.

A sign reading 'If the climate were a bank it would have been saved'
Protests can inspire others to address local issues and even drive policy changes.

You can witness protests directly or through media bystandersThey may be able to identify with protesters, potentially increasing their popularity BelieveIn their own power to effect social change

This can lead to a positive feedback loop. Researchers have discovered that emissions decreaseIn the United States, there are many environmental protests. Polling from YouGov also reported a significant rise in the number of British people concerned about climate following Extinction Rebellion’s early 2019 ProtestsLondon

Protests can also be helpful in achieving your goals. Policy change if the policy being protested is already under public discussion – and if protesters have Support from politicians. Protests that raise environmental awareness in countries where politicians are elected on the basis of public opinion can be effective. Encourage change through altering people’s voting habits.

For example, it’s likely that climate ProtestsPartly because of this, the number of people living in Germany has doubled. VotersFor the climate-conscious Green PartyFrom 2017 to 2021

Protests have been successful in changing court decisions. Forest occupations Sweden GermanyCourts saved the forests from being destroyed (for now). Protests have a greater value than events behind closed doors.


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