Tânia R. Santos invited speaker in the course “Communication for Social Change”

Tânia R. Santos participated as a guest speaker in the academic course “Communication for Social Change,” organised by Marcin Lewiński and Mehmet Ali Üzelgün within the Master’s program in Communication Sciences at FCSH-UNL. The presentation took place on November 23, 2023, and focused on the task that has been analysing the representation of climate-conscious youth on Portuguese television at two distinct moments: from 2019 to 2021 and in 2022.

JustFutures’ researchers present their work at the curricular unit Contemporary Debates on Journalism

Researchers Daniela Ferreira da Silva and Tânia R Santos were invited by Professor Carla Cerqueira to participate in the curricular unit “Contemporary Debates on Journalism”, an optional UC of the Degree in Communication Sciences, at Universidade Lusófona do Porto. The discussion took place on March 29, 2023 at the Bonfim Business Center, where the second-year International Relations class with Professor Célia Taborda also joined.

Daniela and Tânia had the opportunity to present the results of tasks 2 and 3 of the project, which include the analysis of the political imaginaries of young climate activists and the analysis of the representation of the youth climate movement on Portuguese television.

Anabela Carvalho interviewed on Antena 2

On the 12th of December, an interview was aired during Ciência, on Antena 2, with the principal investigator (PI) of the project, Anabela Carvalho. The PI had the opportunity to present the relevance of the JustFutures project in the national panorama. She also presented some results derived from the mapping of the climate movement, and the tasks still in progress. These are: analysis of climate activism groups’ discourses, analysis of the representation of these groups in the mainstream media, creation of discussion groups with young people on how they envision climate change and an ethnographic study that follows the groups of the youth climate movement.

The conversation can be heard here.

Report on Climate Activism in Portugal released #onthemedia

On November 8, the Report on Climate Activism in Portugal developed by the JustFutures team was disseminated by Público newspaper. Anabela Carvalho, the principal investigator interviewed for this piece, reflects on the identified climate activism groups in Portugal and their diversity. The article was integrated into the newspaper’s new information section, Azul, which aims to discuss issues related to the environment and sustainability.

Access the article in Portuguese How strong is the climate movement in Portugal?

Meeting with groups of the climate movement in Portugal

On July 11, the JustFutures team had the opportunity to meet with several groups of the climate movement in Portugal where the mapping of the movement recently launched on our website was discussed.

It was a meeting where we were able to talk to various groups about the usefulness of this mapping, and where we could hear various suggestions and comments about the state of the climate movement in Portugal and their needs. Members of Associação Zero, ClimAção Centro, Geota, Lisboa Possível, Movimento Ar Puro de Rio Maior, Movimento Transformers, Plataforma TROCA, Plataforma Já Marchavas, SOS Quinta dos Ingleses and SOS Terras do Cávado were present.

During this meeting we proposed the creation of a monitoring group with elements of the groups present so that they accompany us throughout the different phases of this research project.

Maria Fernandes-Jesus writes about democracy and youth participation in annual report

Maria Fernandes-Jesus contributed to the report The State of the Nation and Public Policies, an IPPS-Iscte initiative, published annually, which can be consulted here. Maria Fernandes-Jesus contributed with a chapter on democracy where she makes a diagnosis of democracy in Portugal and discusses the political participation of young people. In the same chapter, the author comments on the public consultation on the national lithium program. On July 21, a news article related to this work was published in the newspaper Público (A democracy deaf to the demands of citizens).

Consultancy provided by Anabela Carvalho to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

Consultancy provided by Anabela Carvalho to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) on the possible relaunch of the debate on nuclear weapons; based on lessons learned around communication on climate change and, specifically, the involvement of young people with the issue. The contributions were translated into the production of a video message and participation in a high-level meeting at the 76th Session of the Advisory Board for Disarmament Matters.