"If not even the school listens to us…”: Echos of climate justice on the ground

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11576/jsse-6346

Keywords:

climate justice; young people;, political participation; climate imaginaries

Abstract

Highlights:

  • Youth and other vulnerable groups have limited opportunities to participate in decision-making processes on climate politics.
  • Distributive and intergenerational dimensions of climate injustice are particularly present in youth discourses.
  • Recognitional and distributional climate injustice is mainly perceived by inland-rural young people.
  • More knowledge about climate change at the local level needs to be disseminated.
  • Climate justice concept needs further empirical and nuanced exploration with diverse social and political actors.

 

Purpose: This article brings into debate young people’s meaning-making of climate justice in different geographic regions, and explores the roles of political, social, economic, and education actors in supporting youth’s climate agency in their communities.

Design/methodology/approach: After selecting two schools located in Northern Portugal – in countryside/rural and in coastal/urban contexts – we conducted two focus group discussions with young students (aged between 16 and 18) and sixteen interviews with local stakeholders (policy-makers, economic agents, activists, and scientists). We performed content analysis, using climate justice’s dimensions as analytical axes.

Findings: The data analysis reveals that young people do not feel heard in schools or in policy-making processes on climate. In contrast, adults unanimously recognize the importance of having more youth voices but fail to identify opportunities for youth participation in local climate policymaking. In addition to procedural and intergenerational dimensions, issues of recognitional and distributional climate injustice are identified by youngsters in their regions.

Author Biographies

Juliana Diógenes-Lima

Juliana Diógenes-Lima is a Master Student in Education Sciences at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto (FPCEUP) and Research Fellow at the ClimActiC Project “Connecting Citizenship and Science for Climate Adaptation" developed within the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE-FPCEUP) at the University of Porto. Her research interests relate to climate justice, education and communication.

Sara Pinheiro

Sara Pinheiro is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the ClimActiC Project “Connecting Citizenship and Science for Climate Adaptation" developed within the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE-FPCEUP) at the University of Porto. Her research interests relate to European citizenship, formal and non-formal education, vulnerable and non-dominant ethnic groups. She is full member of the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE).

Joana Cruz

Joana P. Cruz is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE-FPCEUP), at the University of Porto, hired under the CIIE's multi-annual programme (project no. UIDP/00167/2020), funded by the Portuguese funding agency for science and technology (FCT). Her research interests relate to active citizenship, arts-based research and critical pedagogy. She is full member of the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE).

Carla Malafaia, University of Porto

Carla Malafaia is Principal Researcher at the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE-FPCEUP) at the University of Porto, funded by the Portuguese funding agency for science and technology (FCT - CEECINST/00134/2021). She is member of the Center for Sociology of Democracy (CSD), at the University of Helsinki, and her research interests include youth citizenship, social movements, visual politics, political education and community intervention.

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Published

2023-12-20

How to Cite

Diógenes-Lima, J., Pinheiro, S., Cruz, J., & Malafaia, C. (2023). "If not even the school listens to us…”: Echos of climate justice on the ground . JSSE - Journal of Social Science Education, 22(4). https://doi.org/10.11576/jsse-6346

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