Climate Change Perception and Responses of Grassroots Environmental Activists in Mexico City.
The presentation’s goal will be to introduce the first steps in a research project, the aim of which is to explore the local dimension of citizens’ perception and response to climate change in CDMX in greater depth.
Through in-depth interviewers with members of four citizen committees that defend the territory, this project aims to explore: how these subjects perceive the problem and the solutions proposed at different levels of the government, as well as the subjects’ response to the problem.
The choice to involve citizens organized in the defense of the territory is based on the idea that these actors play a central role by working in the area, helping to disseminate information, ideas, values and pro-environmental practices at local level. Their experience, furthermore, demonstrates the contradictions between the official discourse against climate change and the unsustainable development model that continues to be encouraged in Mexico City.
The qualitative method and the ethnographic work will make it possible to analyze the socio-cultural processes that are at the heart of understanding climate change and the solutions for dealing with it, as well as people’s different responses. Their understanding may be useful for promoting adaptation strategies and increasing resilience at local level.