Adapting to climate change: Emotions and narratives in the environmental movement

Research project
Active research
Project size
2 999 169
Project period
2020 - 2023
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Short description

The extreme heat wave in the summer of 2018 showed that climate catastrophe is already here, and was accompanied by a sense that the extreme is becoming the new normal. Reflecting this development, parts of the environmental movement has seen a shift from mobilizing to avert climate catastrophe towards a focus on how to live with it. . The project explores the meaning making and emotional processes that orient this type of environmental activism. This will be done in two case studies: the Swedish Transition Towns Movement and the Dark Mountain Project. Both articulate narratives about ongoing/inevitable climate change but they do so throug hdifferent emotions. Analysing movement texts, in-depth interviews with activists and participant observations at movement events, we study the movements’ 1) narratives about climate change etc