The scientific article “Young climate activists in television news: An analysis of multimodal constructions of voice, political recognition, and co-optation” was published on September 4, 2023, in the journal The Communication Review. Developed as part of Task 3 of the JustFutures project (focused on media), the article presents an analysis of Portuguese television news and the ways in which young climate activists were represented between 2018 and 2021. The analysis demonstrates that young climate activists received visibility on major Portuguese channels, but it also highlights that their calls for systemic change were not sufficiently explored. Below, you can find the pre-print version of this work. You can also access it through this link.
The research team of the JUSTFUTURES project has released a report analyzing 22 focused groups with 154 young people aged between 13 and 34. The focused groups took place between September 2022 and April 2023 in Braga, Greater Porto, Greater Lisbon, Olhão, and Faro. The participants discussed how they deal with climate issues, their perspectives on climate activism, and their imaginaries of future political alternatives, as well as their role in shaping them. We hope that this analysis offers interesting perspectives to reflect on diverse forms of participation and political engagement regarding climate issues, based on the current and future visions of the young participants.
On the January edition of Nature Climate Change, volume 13, Anabela Carvalho published a commentary emphasising how discourses matter in climate change and their potential for creating alternative futures. The full commentary can be read here.
The JUSTFUTURES research project team launches a report in which it presents an overview of the groups that have participated in climate activism in Portugal.
The report maps 68 groups that have climate change as their focus of action. There are also 105 groups that do not focus exclusively on climate change but have climate change as one of their areas of action. In addition, 102 groups supported some climate activism (e.g. by subscribing to a manifesto), even though climate change was not one of their areas of action. Overall, the data show a multifaceted picture of the movement.
This mapping was carried out between October 2021 and April 2022, and the dynamic character of the movement should be highlighted, so changes in the data presented here will have occurred – and will continue to occur.
Anabela Carvalho contributed to the preparation of the report Climate Futures: Youth Perspectives, by William Finnegan. Published in 2021 by Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.
Anabela Carvalho, Chris Russill and Julie Doyle, recently organized a Research Topic in Frontiers in Communication. The Research Topic is composed of 10 articles, where more than 20 authors engage in critical approaches to climate change and civic action.
In the editorial article, besides introducing the papers that are part of the Research Topic, the editors discuss the nature of critical communication research and how it can contribute to understanding civic action and social transformation.
- Carvalho A., Russill C., & Doyle J. (2021). Editorial: Critical Approaches to Climate Change and Civic Action. Frontiers in Communication. 6:711897. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2021.711897