Special Issue "Social and Civic Mobilisation for Climate Action"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Air, Climate Change and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Piotr Zuk
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Guest Editor
The Centre for Civil Rights and Democracy Research, Wrocław, Poland
Interests: sustainability; sustainable development; environmental politics; social movements; energy transition; human rights; social policy; political sociology
Dr. Antje Klitkou
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Guest Editor
NIFU (Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation), Research and Education, Oslo, Norway
Interests: quantitative and qualitative social science; science, technology and environmental politics; sustainable energy transition; bioeconomy and green economics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To implement energy transition, effective climate protection and the European Green Deal (EGD), in addition to changes in technology and financial investments in renewable energy, social commitment and behaviour change are needed at the civic level. Without social dialogue, the participation of civic initiatives and the involvement of local grassroots movements, the implementation of EGD will face many barriers. Creating a new green deal must be of a more civic, bottom-up nature. Climate action is based on horizontal social structures. Therefore, it is particularly important to analyse interactions between climate movements and the implemented energy and climate policy. It is also vital to explore how climate protection demands are translated into the social practices of people and communities in their everyday lives. Namely, climate protection must be implemented not only by governments, but above all by citizens. Effective actions for climate cannot take place without a democratic green wave spreading in the public sphere, without social network structures linking the local and global levels, and without a strong embedding of climate protection in civil society.

Submissions for this Special Issue should include the description, analysis and explanation of the following issues for a wide audience:

- the importance of civic initiatives and types of social movements working for climate protection;

- differentiation of social attitudes towards climate change due to gender, social class and place of residence;

- changes in everyday behaviour for climate protection and energy saving;

- social mobilisation for climate in the context of investments threatening local communities and the environment;

- climate action during election campaigns and political disputes;

- climate action in traditional and social media;

- the role of urban movements in counteracting climate change in cities;

- climate justice and democracy;

- sociological, cultural, political and psychological factors influencing changes in social behaviour in the context of climate;

- the social composition, facilities and mobilisation capabilities of climate movements;

- the ideological and political arguments of climate movement activists in relation to the existing social order;

- the impact of economic conditions on attitudes towards energy transition, particularly in regions whose residents are employed in the fossil fuel industry;

- the opponents of climate movements and reasons for rejecting climate demands;

- the role of citizen media in popularising climate action;

- the importance of education in encouraging the young generation to participate in environmental and climate protection activities.

Prof. Dr. Piotr Zuk
Dr. Antje Klitkou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Climate movements
  • Civil society
  • Civic media and climate
  • Education
  • Environmental protest movement
  • Local community
  • Urban Movement
  • Local and transnational actions for climate protection
  • Climate scepticism and counter-climate movements
  • Energy transition
  • Social conflict around climate
  • European Green Deal
  • Decarbonisation
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Coal basins.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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