Department or Program

Environmental Studies


The polarization that characterizes United States politics has made it difficult for collective action solutions to be enacted, particularly regarding the climate crisis. Democrats and Republicans alike are unwilling to change the current way of life to mitigate the effects that the climate crisis will have on the world, choosing to ignore the problem. Therefore, additional action is needed to overcome this divide and make significant change. Social movements have shown to be one way through which this change can be made. This thesis explores the ways in which social movements can be a tool to address pressing issues, analyzing the factors that lead to a movement’s success and applying these findings to determine how current environmental movements that are demanding climate action can improve their structure to lead to the enactment of effective solutions.

Level of Access

Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Ethan Miller

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages


Components of Thesis

1 pdf file


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