Exploring the impact of arts engagement on climate anxiety and to mobilise climate action in young people

This project included an arts workshop, interviews with arts organisations and young people and a focus group with an Arts focused youth working group Engaging in Climate related arts has a positive impact on young people’s self-efficacy, climate hope and mobilisation for climate action through providing a medium of expression, processing, and engagement. This research highlights the need for further research around the topics of arts engagement in supporting and mobilising people in the climate crisis, as well as research on ways to support young people with Climate anxiety

A Critical Discourse Analysis of Statements on Climate Action and Cooperation at COP27

This dissertation looked at “what we talk about when we talk about climate change,” comparing the discourses used by fossil fuel producers, those most vulnerable to climate change, and ENGOs at climate change negotiations. Using a critical discourse analysis, the research found a difference in discourse between these groups as well as within the groups based on if the actor was a party or an observer to the UNFCCC. Parties, both fossil fuel producers and those most vulnerable, often employed green governmentality and ecological modernization discourses. Fossil fuel observers used energy security discourses. ENGOs, as well as some vulnerable parties employed climate justice and populist discourses.

Whom do they protect? Security frames in military climate strategies

Despite heightened awareness of climate change, military administrations prioritize national security over human and ecological security, evident in their strategies and actions where national objectives take precedence. The military's discourse on climate security often portrays vulnerable groups in the global south as threats rather than recognizing them as the ones threatened, potentially leading to security measures that harm these populations, such as strict state protection against migrants at external borders. The thesis emphasizes the impact of securitizing actors and unequal power relations on dominating the climate security discourse, advocating for a broader perspective that extends beyond national security to address the needs of vulnerable individuals, communities, and ecosystems.

Critical political ecology and multiple streams theory: An analysis of mental health dimensions within climate adaptation policies

Global health faces a paramount threat from climate change, prompting widespread adoption of adaptation policies. This study focuses on the overshadowed mental health aspect within these plans, particularly evident in Australia. ? Using mixed methods, the research delves into the interconnected nature of nature and society, analysing how climate policies impact individuals. Content analysis and case study research, like the 2019-20 Australian bushfires, expose oversights in mental health within Australia's climate plans. ? Australian bushfires act as a catalyst, highlighting the crucial role of mental well-being. The study also uncovers notable oversights in mental health within Australia's climate plans, attributed to unclear policies and integration of the political system.