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von Zweygbergk, Anna, 2019. Can we talk climate? : building agency, trust and action towards climate change mitigation through Timeout Day dialogue. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The latest IPCC report on climate change from October 2018 highlights an urgent need for climate change mitigation on all sectors of the society, including that of an individual citizen. This research looks at how participation in a constructed facilitated dialogue can affect in creating understanding of the societal changes needed to mitigate climate change, whether this can influence individuals' willingness and perceived ability in taking action and hence provide a possible tool for bridging the value-action gap between environmental values and pro-environmental behaviour. The study builds on qualitative material from 10 semi-structured interviews from a case study studying the Timeout Day dialogue on climate change organized in Finland in January 2019 by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.
In the context of this study the concept of dialogue is understood as a form of collaborative communication, creating understanding and thinking together. Whether participation in a facilitated public dialogue such as that of Timeout Day can strengthen one's self-confidence as an active citizen and trust towards the system is in this study analysed through the concepts of agency, locus of control and trust.
Results show that dialogue as a tool awakened curiosity and excitement and the demand for a more constructive discussion culture was clearly present. There was a strong will and need to discuss climate change, to do something and find solutions together. Dialogue was experienced to strenghten one's agency through a mutual feeling of empowerment, hence strengthening the individuals' willingness in changing behaviour through trust towards collective action. However, for dialogue to have full potential in bridging the value-action gap, there needs to be a continuum for the process. Mutual experience sharing and "peersupport" could be used more and become a successful tool in overcoming the gap. This refers to high levels of trust towards collective action strengthening one's own agency and ability to take action.

Main title:Can we talk climate?
Subtitle:building agency, trust and action towards climate change mitigation through Timeout Day dialogue
Authors:von Zweygbergk, Anna
Supervisor:Hallgren, Lars
Examiner:Raitio, Kaisa
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM026 Environmental communication and management - Master's programme
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:public engagement, dialogue, empowerment, climate change, value-action gap, trust, agency, participatory democracy, environmental democracy
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Nature conservation and land resources
Meteorology and climatology
Deposited On:09 Dec 2019 09:06
Metadata Last Modified:04 Jun 2020 12:50

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