The Potential for Mass Social Movement Mobilization over Climate Change and Oil and Gas Pipelines in Canada.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 10:30
Oral Presentation
David TINDALL, University of British Columbia, Canada
Mark STODDART, Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NF, Canada
Recently, Doug McAdam (2017) has provided an analysis of the prospects for mass mobilization in the United States over climate change. His analysis, based primarily on a review of the social movement literature, but also on the empirical conditions of American politics and public opinion, is quite pessimistic.

We use this assessment to motivate an analysis of the Canadian situation. The Canadian context is similar to the US in some regards, but different in others. We examine nation-wide survey data on environmental organizations members on their opinions about climate change and oil and gas pipelines, their identification with the movement, and their participation in various types of activism in order to assess the mobilization potential in Canada for a mass social movement focused on climate change.