Earth Matters: Climate activists must get bolder; 46% of new electricity plants will be solar in '22
- January 13, 2022
- David Meyer, sociology, Daily Kos, Jan. 13, 2022
There’s another fundamental split in philosophies over what it will take to ensure a lasting revolution on climate change. “When you have lots of different tactics going at once, you have lots of entry points for people becoming engaged in the issue,” said David Meyer, a social scientist [and sociology professor] at the University of California, Irvine who studies climate protest movements. This kind of decentralization helps with one of the biggest challenges facing any social movement: the need to innovate or risk failure. “Movements that don’t diversify their tactics evaporate or get crushed,” Meyer added. “If you don’t innovate tactics, it gets boring and authorities find ways of dealing with you.”
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