Public Resource
Climate activism and its effects
Dana Fisher and Sohana Nasrin, University of Maryland at College Park. WIREs Climate Change.

Synthesis of research on the specific ways citizens have engaged civically around the issue of climate change and documented effects of these efforts on climate change itself suggests: 

  • Behavior-change campaigns can positively influence lifestyle choices that reduce their individual carbon footprints, such as reducing car-use, purchase renewable electricity, and eating less meat
  • An increasing number of environmental NGOs is associated with lower levels of environmental degradation (including reduced carbon dioxide emissions)
  • "Insufficient evidence" regarding what legal challenges/litigation have had on greenhouse gas emissions
  • Targeting the economic sector and specific businesses (through boycotts, divestment campaigns, etc.) has resulted in "notable" emissions reductions