Toward an Effective Climate Movement in the United States: An Application of Q Methodology

By Julia Frost Nerbonne and Andy Pearson.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Published online: December 31, 2014 $US5.00

In order to drive the creation of a climate policy at the national level in the United States there must be an effective nationwide climate movement. We present the results of a Q methodology study of individuals currently involved in the climate movement (“movement actors”) with the intent of describing the various worldviews present among them. We identify areas of fundamental differences between movement actors, describe points of potential unity, and discuss the implication these results have for building a stronger climate movement in the United States.

Keywords: Social Movements, Q Methodology, Framing, Climate Change, Climate Movement

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.1-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 31, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 944.509KB)).

Julia Frost Nerbonne

Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Julia Frost Nerbonne (B.A. Vassar College; M.S., and Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) has taught numerous courses in both natural and social science focusing on aquatic ecology, conflict management of natural resources, and environmental ethics. She has extensive experience in community education, field research, and community organizing. She teaches in the department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, and at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. She is also the lead convener for Minnesota based climate movement organization, MN350.

Andy Pearson

Midwest Tar Sands Coordinator, MN350, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Andy Pearson received his bachelor's from the University of Minnesota in 2011. He presented the results of this research in his Summa Cum Laude thesis. He has served as a teaching assistant in the Sustainability Studies Minor at the University of Minnesota and is currently working as the Midwest Tar Sands Coordinator with MN350, a 350.org affiliate.

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