How Social Movements Contribute to Staying Within the Global Carbon Budget: Evidence from a Qualitative Meta-Analysis of Case Studies

Organizational Author: Ecological Economics

Resource Author: May Aye Thiri, Sergio Villamayor-Tomas, Arnim Scheidel, Fredrico Demaria

Date Published: May 2022

Resource Type: Publication

Despite renewed efforts to combat climate change, it remains uncertain how economies will achieve emission reduction by 2050. Among different decarbonization strategies, knowledge about the potential role and contributions of social movements to curbing carbon emissions has been limited. This study aims to shed light on the diverse contributions of social movements to staying within the global carbon budget, as well as on the specific outcomes and strategies employed in protests against hydrocarbon activities. For this purpose, we conduct a systematic literature review of 57 empirical cases of social movements contesting fossil fuel projects in 29 countries. Based on an exploratory approach, we identify a series of different movement strategies and a range of qualitative contributions that support staying within the carbon budget.