Social Identity and Risk Perception Explain Participation in the Swiss Youth Climate Strikes

Brügger, Adrian; Gubler, Moritz; Steentjes, Katharine; Capstick, Stuart B. (2020). Social Identity and Risk Perception Explain Participation in the Swiss Youth Climate Strikes. Sustainability, 12(24), pp. 1-17. MDPI 10.3390/su122410605

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Since late 2018, young people around the world have united to demand greater action on climate change. Aside from their stated concerns and demands, however, very little is known about why young people have been joining this growing movement. Using a large sample (N = 4057) of people in Switzerland aged between 14 and 25, we show that social identity is most strongly associated with participation, followed by beliefs about the effectiveness of youth strikes, level of education, and worry about climate change. Our findings affirm the relevance of both climate change risk perceptions and social identity-related processes for collective climate change action, and pave the way for promising opportunities in theory development and integration. The study also provides lessons for those who seek to maintain and increase collective action on climate change: concern about climate change is an important motivating factor, but social identity processes are at least as relevant for young people’s participation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Climatology
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management > Consumer Behavior
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Gadient-Brügger, Adrian and Gubler, Moritz Raffael

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

2071-1050

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Moritz Raffael Gubler

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2021 10:42

Last Modified:

11 Mar 2021 15:06

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/su122410605

Uncontrolled Keywords:

climate change; Fridays for Future; youth climate strikes; collective action; social movements; social identity; risk perception

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/150036

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/150036

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