As part of our “re-imaging activism” work, we have been looking at the ways issues such as race, gender and age play out in the climate change movement in Manchester. We’ve had some interesting insights from various campaigners about the distinct advantages of getting older, the lack of mothers in the movement ,and why climate change meetings are still so white.
The upcoming (October) print edition will be looking at the way class shapes the climate change movement. To get the conversation going I want to ask our readers about their views on class and climate change. Do they think that class still matters? Is the climate change movement doing enough to engage with the working class – who, after all, will be worst hit by the impacts of climate change and the least able/prepared to deal with it? Can we really expect poorer people to make the drastic changes to their lifestyles that we want? Should we be trying to learn from those with smaller carbon footprint (i.e the working class)? Do middle-class campaigners really represent the ideal green lifestyle? What about the richest in our society – what role do that have to play?
Your thoughts and ideas please! The most interesting will even make it to our October print edition.
You can put them in the comments box below, or email them to me at email@example.com