Social Movements, Sociology and Climate Change

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 12:30-14:00
Location: Elise Richter Saal (Main Building)
RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements (host committee)

Language: English

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated that we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near zero by 2050 to avoid more devastating climate change scenarios than are already underway. As government negotiations continue to fail to generate meaningful action in this regard, social movements have been developing concrete projects to enact practices that move in the direction of a low-carbon society. This session welcomes contributions on two main axes:

  • Analyses and case studies about grassroots social movements who promote worldviews, behaviors and policies more compatible with the reality and constraints of the limited nature of the planet and about how these studies provide us with empirical data for grasping some features of the global age and its consequences on life, democracy and society. How do they imagine, implement and contribute to shape alternative futures, starting in daily life and personal experience or contesting actual policies?
  • Can our work as sociologists and with social movements help us find ways to achieve a seemingly impossible goal of radical social transformation? What lessons can be learned from these movements? What movements are or should be happening among academic professionals to both reduce our own carbon footprint while also helping advance the movements responding to the climate crisis?
Session Organizers:
Jackie SMITH, Pittsburg University, USA and Esin ILERI, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Turkey
Esin ILERI, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Turkey
Confronting Climate Change: Environmental Movements, NGOs and Others in England.
Christopher ROOTES, University of Kent, United Kingdom
How Environmental Movements Shape the Global
Geoffrey PLEYERS, University of Louvain & College d'Etudes Mondiales, Belgium