Wonder Project

Question: How well do protests and strikes actually help change climate change in Vancouver?

Summary: Protests and strikes at times don’t do too much because the government do not have to listen to them. But it is a pretty effective way of pressuring them. To get any sort of strike or protest to work, you would need to have a large amount of people doing it or else it will not get acknowledged. In some strikes there might be no other choice but to listen or to give in, this quote well describes an example; “Strikers have leverage when their absence from work disrupts activities that are valuable to policymakers. If railway workers go on strike, trains cannot run and the public is upset.”

Reflect on how it can answer my question: For Vancouver and the Greta Thunberg  climate strike, it has gotten a LOT of recognition, this will not directly turn into the government changing all their policies to make this their main issue, but it opens their eyes to it, and helps other individuals be more conscious and try to help out themselves. “Student strikes probably do not disrupt the government or fossil fuel firms.” So if i had to come up with one final statement that could best describe how climate and strike protest are effective; not really, but it does make it a known issue/cause that people will start to consider.

Explain what the next steps are: I think that the next step isn’t to research more about if it effective or not, but what can we do to make it so, and how do we achieve that. This question was not too simple because there is no definitive, clear answer that you can google or answer within a mere paragraph. It depends on opinions, and how its worked in the past to even get a grasp on what the answer is.

Resource: Prakash, Nives Dolsak and Aseem. “Climate Strikes: What They Accomplish And How They Could Have More Impact.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 14 Sept. 2019, https://www.forbes.com/sites/prakashdolsak/2019/09/14/climate-strikes-what-they-accomplish-and-how-they-could-have-more-impact/#728994775eed.

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  1. I really like this question as I’m curious about it myself. You could maybe make a comparison to other movements like the Civil Rights Movement in the US and analyze why that was successful. You’d have to compare the similarities and differences. This might be a good continuity and change question. I’d almost like to see your question as a solution: How can we improve the climate strikes to affect greater change? It’s up to you though.

    I hope you pursue this question as it’s a very interesting one.

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