eLibrary YOUTH ACTIVISM Version 1 (October 2021)

The purpose of this eLibrary is to introduce some of the scientific approaches to the involvement of youth in organised protest for resolving climate change. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. All the pieces are free-online. However, some items have been republished in Academia Edu [AE] and Research Gate [RG]. These can be accessed simply by registering at each (once only). 

Amponsem, J., e.a. (2019) Adapt for our Future: Youth and Climate Change Adaptation UN Fact Sheet

Baykan, D.G. (2019) Youth for Climate Action, EU/Turkey Climate Change Training Module

Bowman, B. (2019) ‘Imagining future worlds alongside young climate activists: a new framework for research’, Fennia, 197, 2, 295–305.

Bowman, B. (2020) ‘‘They don’t quite understand the importance of what we’re doing today’: the young people’s climate strikes as subaltern activism’, Sustainable Earth, 16, 3.

Budziszewska M. and Glód, Z. (2021) ‘“These Are the Very Small Things That Lead Us to That Goal”: Youth Climate Strike Organizers Talk about Activism Empowering and Taxing Experiences’, Sustainability, 13

Chan, S., e.a. (2021) Young People and Drivers and Barriers to Climate Adaptation Action

Díaz-Pérez, S., Soler-i-Martí, R. and Ferrer-Fons, M. (2021) ’From the global myth to local mobilization: Creation and resonance of Greta Thunberg’s frameCommunicar, 68.

Elsen, F. and Ord, J. (2021) ‘The Role of Adults in “Youth Led” Climate Groups: Enabling EmpowermentFrontiers in Political Science

Eriksen, T.H. (2021) ‘Generation climate change’ Social Anthropology, 29, 1, 

FAO (2020) Youth in motion for climate action! A compilation of youth initiatives in agriculture to address the impacts of climate change

Gorman, J. (2021) Disobedient youth: Lessons from the youth climate strike movement

Han, H. and Ahn, S.W. (2020) ‘Youth Mobilization to Stop Global Climate Change: Narratives and ImpactSustainability, 12

Hartley, J.M., e.a. (2021) ‘Perspective from a Youth Environmental Activist: Why Adults Will Listen to Youth in Politics’, Frontiers in Political Science

Haugestad, C.A.P., e.a. (2021) ‘Why do youth participate in climate activism? A mixed-methods investigation of the FridaysForFuture climate protests’, Journal of Environmental Psychology, PreProof

Kwiatkowski, L. (2017) Paths to Meaningful Youth Involvement at the International Climate Change Negotiations: Lessons from COP22 in Marrakesh, MA Thesis Uppsala University

Lauwren, S. (2021) Critical Discourse Analysis of Greta Thunberg’s ‘You’re acting like spoiled irresponsible children, BA Thesis. Univ. Yogjakarta

Leung, L.E. (2020) The Greta Effect: How does Greta Thunberg use the discourse of youth in her movement for climate justice?, BA Thesis. Univ of Calgary

Lee, K., e.a. (2020) ’Youth perceptions of climate change: A narrative synthesis’, WIREs, 11, 3.

MacKay, M., Parlee, B. and Karsgaard, C. ‘Youth Engagement in Climate Change Action: Case Study on Indigenous Youth at COP24Sustainability, 12

Marquardt, J. (2020) ‘Fridays for Future’s Disruptive Potential: An Inconvenient Youth Between Moderate and Radical Ideas’, Frontiers in Communication.

McNab, L. (2020) Fridays for what future? – a case study on the collective action framing of the Swedish environmental movement, MA Thesis Uppsala University 

Meunier, M. (2021) ‘Youth climate activism in the United States’ e-REA, 18, 2.

Mudombi, S., Nzeyimana, E. and Weisheit, A. (2011) ‘A Youth Perspective on Climate Change Opportunities and Challenges For Climate Resilient Development’ Paper for AfricaAdapt Climate Change Symposium [RG]

Nairn, K. ‘Learning from Young People Engaged in Climate Activism: The Potential of Collectivizing Despair and Hope’, Young, 27, 2.

O’Brien, K., Selboe, E. and Hayward, B.M. (2018) ‘Exploring youth activism on climate change: Dutiful, disruptive, and dangerous dissent’, Ecology and Society, 23, 3 [RG]

Prendergast, K., e.a. (2021) ‘Youth Attitudes and Participation in Climate Protest: An International Cities Comparison Frontiers in Political Science Special Issue: Youth Activism in Environmental Politics, Frontiers in Political Science

Rahmaty, M. and Roesch, J.L. (2021) Youth Participation in Global Governance for Sustaining Peace and Climate Action, International Peace Institute

Rainsford, E. and Saunders, C. (2021) ‘Young Climate Protesters’ Mobilization Availability: Climate Marches and School Strikes Compared’, Frontiers in Political Science

Rowlands, L. and Gomez Peña. M (2019) We Will Not Be Silenced. Climate activism from the frontlines to the UN.

Sanson, A. and Bellemo, M. (2021) ‘Children and youth in the climate crisis’, BJBpsych Bulletin

Skovdal, M. and Benwell, M.C. (2021) ‘Young people’s everyday climate crisis activism: new terrains for research, analysis and actionChildren’s Geographies, 19, 3

Sorce, G. and Dumitrica, D. ‘Pandemic Shifts in Fridays for Future’s Protest Communication FramesEnvironmental Communication

Stoecklin, D. (2021)  ‘The Transactional Horizons of Greta Thunberg’, Societies,

TakingITGlobal (2007) Climate Change Youth Guide to Action

UNICEF (2021) Rising to the Challenge. Youth Perspectives on Climate Change and Education in Bangladesh

United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change (2013) Youth in action on climate change: inspirations from around the world

Wahlström, M., e.a. (2019) Protest for a future: Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March, 2019 in 13 European cities.

World Health Organisation (2021) Young People’s Fight Against Climate Change: actions we can take for health and well-being

Zoghbi, E. and Mona, B (2013) Youth engagement with climate change and well-being: a study of Dutch and South African university students, PhD. Thesis, Univ of Gloucestershire.


LINKS TO ALL THE VIDEOS of Greta Thunberg’s Speeches