Anandita Sabherwal is a doctoral student at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Adam Pearson is an associate professor of psychology and Director of the Sustainability, Climate Change, and Inequality Lab at Pomona College. Gregg Sparkman is a postdoctoral fellow in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University.
Last month, more protestors took to the streets in 1,500 cities and communities in 92 countries in what was the first global climate strike since the coronavirus pandemic began almost two years ago. Slogans like “Burn capitalism, not the planet,” and “No politician is doing enough” offered a clear signal of the collective frustration so many people have with global leaders. More than 50 activists blocked a busy motorway in London, and nearly 900 others were arrested while attempting to stop construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline in Minnesota. A recent 10-nation survey of more than 10,000 young adults found that 58 percent feel a sense of betrayal when thinking about their governments’ responses to climate change.
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