The climate crisis as a catalyst for emancipatory transformation: An examination of the possible

  title={The climate crisis as a catalyst for emancipatory transformation: An examination of the possible},
  author={Diana Stuart and Ryan Gunderson and Brian Petersen},
  journal={International Sociology},
  pages={433 - 456}
In 2018, a wave of climate change activism emerged in response to calls from scientists for urgent, unprecedented, and far-reaching changes to address the climate crisis. Three social movements, Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future, and the Sunrise Movement, have received the most attention and continue to grow. Synthesizing and integrating Erik Olin Wright’s theories of social transformation, the authors apply Wright’s work to analyze these movements and identify barriers and opportunities… 
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