We know that we need more urgent, widespread, global grassroots activism to address our existential environmental challenges.
Around the world we can see that this is already taking place. But how many people are taking part, what are they doing, and how can we make their efforts more successful, as soon as possible?
These are the questions this dataset was designed to help inform.
This dataset presents the first comprehensive empirical dataset on environmental activism at a national level which is available for searching and downloading by researchers and activists. The dataset includes information on over 1,600 environmental groups and 900 environmental campaigns. The dataset captures information on environmental advocacy in Australia which has gone unrecorded in the past. As such it has two purposes:
- to act as a depository of data and stories to help peresrve Australia's environmental advocacy history
- to enable researchers to access detailed empirical data to further studies on what makes environmental advocacy successful.
- Search on the environmental group or campaign maps for information
- Add stories, data and campaign information to pages
- Search for group materials and resources to help design more effective campaigns
- Download the dataset to run analyses
- Contribute additional data
- Add research contributions to the methodology and research page
- Use the site to disseminate information to wider audiences
- The number of active environmental groups and the environmental issue/s they focus on
- The proportion of groups with staff or volunteers, the type of organisational structure they claim (whether formal or informal)
- The network connections within the movement
- The interactions between groups, sub-groups, campaigns and campaign outcomes
- The campaigns each group runs, including the campaign name, goal, target, and for some groups the campaign outcomes
- The types of events and activities undertaken by each group, whether radical or non-radical protest tactics, social/fundraising events, organisational requirements such as AGMs and meetings, or project based events such as tree planting and workshops
- The number and type of online actions available to website viewers, including petitions, pledges, campaign sign ups and others.
The website includes five pages (in progress):
- Browse page for general searching
- Map page for searching between groups and campaigns
- Project page which includes information on the methodology and research findings/outputs
- Download page, where datasets can be directly downloaded in csv file format.
As well as using this site, we also invite people to share their stories associated with groups, campaigns and/or events, as well as any other links to relevant historical data or information.