Climate Change and Civil Society was HEPO’s research project funded by the Academy of Finland 2010–2013.
Climate change brings together environmental activists worldwide in a
simultaneously, and partly joint, effort to engage in political debate
and influence policy-making. It is probably the most crucial question of
our time, and the most concrete globally connecting feature in the field
of civic engagement today. This comparative research project examines the engagements of the global civil society in the task of promoting sustainable climate politics on three levels: in national media debates concerning global climate politics, in transnational NGOs and associations lobbying for sustainable politics, and in local activist groups promoting sustainable everyday practices. The countries of comparison are Finland, France, India, Russia, and the US (California).