Public & Political Responses to Environmentalism

Room: 
Room 1.28, Law & Politics Building
Time Slot: 
Wednesday 28th March 09:00 - 10:30
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Louise Maythorne (Bath Spa University)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Paul Tobin (University of Manchester)
  • Ms Anna Wienhues (University of Manchester)
  • Mr Mitya Pearson (King's College London)
  • Professor Rhys Andrews (Cardiff University)

This panel explores differences in public and political responses to environmentalism. Wienhues examines the Half-Earth proposal as a radical response to reducing the demands of humans on a finite planet. Alonso, Andrews, et al. draw upon a national survey of nearly 6000 Welsh citizens in order to examine whether socio-economic factors and attitudes are related to people’s pro-environmental behaviour. Burns, Tobin, et al. examine recent European environmental policy develop in order to provide a deep yet holistic understanding of the nature of policy change in this area since the start of the 2008 economic crisis. Finally, Pearson provides an assessment of the challenges that the British Green Party currently faces and assesses its strategic options going forward. Each of these papers offers a unique approach to analysing and understanding how different actors, such as the state, political parties, and individuals, are responding to environmental issues.