Climate Change and the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

This project examines civil society’s response to climate change. In-depth interviews in the UK and Australia reveal a frustration with the lack of decisive political action on climate change but also new and innovative approaches to effect change at the global level. Divestment, or the withdrawal of funds and investments from ethically questionable businesses, is a new tool in the climate activist repertoire. For example, the strategy has been effective in disrupting funding to controversial mining projects such as Adani’s Carmichael mine in North Queensland. The research also examines how new forms of citizen engagement increasingly act ‘through markets’ rather than through traditional avenues of engagement with parliamentarian politics.

Professor Mike Woods (Aberystwyth University)