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KLIMAFORSK-Stort program klima

Living with climate change: motivation and action for lifestyle change (CLIMLIFE)

Alternative title: Å leve med klimaendringer: Motivasjon og handling for å endre livsstil ("KLIMALIV")

Awarded: NOK 7.3 mill.

Project Number:

301103

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Project Period:

2020 - 2023

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The CLIMLIFE project studies how Norwegian citizens relate the challenges of climate change to their normal, day-to-day life choices. While there is broad agreement on the urgency of the situation, people must also go on living their daily lives, attending to needs and interests, our family and community. How willing are we to change our lifestyle? How do people, in particular young people, relate these challenges to their everyday life choices? And how do politicians and the media address lifestyle questions? We suggest that people use mainly four strategies for integrating, or not, the challenges of climate change (CC) into their lives: 1) Activism: People engage actively to influence policies to mitigate CC. 2) Responsiveness: People respond in accordance with incentives designed for climate-friendly behaviour. 3) Resignation: People recognize the problem but give up engaging with the complex challenges of CC. 4) Rejection: People actively choose not to consider CC in their choices. The CLIMLIFE project studies these questions through a cross-disciplinary collaboration, including researchers from linguistic, media, political and natural sciences. Our material consists to a large extent data from open-ended survey questions (Norwegian Citizen Panel/DIGSSCORE), where citizens, politicians and journalists can answer in their own words. We use different tools for language analysis, in a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. A survey among 381 high-school students is completed, concerning young people's opinions about lifestyle in a climate perspective, about influence on politics and future perspectives. Data from surveys among politicians and journalists are collected and will be analysed 2021-22. Major outcomes of CLIMLIFE will be vital knowledge about the role of climate change in everyday lifestyle matters, revealing barriers and opportunities, conflict and consensus. This will be applicable knowledge for stakeholders in general and politicians in particular.

CLIMLIFE-SUMMARY Living with climate change has become a crucial issue worldwide. Climate change concerns all aspects of our lives and affects how we think about our personal lifestyle choices and political behavior, how we perceive of the fate of our planet and the future of humanity. Recent research shows that, when asked about solutions to tackle climate change, Norwegian citizens generally say "we must all contribute". However, what does this mean more specifically? While there is broad agreement on the urgency of the situation, people must also go on living their daily lives, attending to the needs and interests of themselves, their family and community. How do people relate the political and existential challenges of climate change to their normal, day-to-day life choices? The CLIMLIFE cross-disciplinary project addresses this question and will generate new and vital knowledge about the role of climate in lifestyle issues, revealing barriers and opportunities, conflict and consensus.We suggest that people use mainly four strategies for integrating, or not, the challenges of climate change (CC) into their lives: 1) Activism: People engage actively to influence policies to mitigate CC. 2) Responsiveness: People respond in accordance with incentives designed for climate-friendly behaviour. 3) Resignation: People recognize the problem but give up engaging with the complex challenges of CC. 4) Rejection: People actively choose not to consider CC in their choices. Our new and challenging methodological cross-disciplinary approach consists of a combination of Facebook data and open-ended survey questions, that targeted respondents (citizens, politicians, journalists) can answer in their own words. The project puts a particular focus on the views of young people. We use tools for language analysis generated through linguistic polyphony (multivoicedness), topic analysis, framing and narrative theory, combining quantitative (semi-) automated and qualitative methods.

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KLIMAFORSK-Stort program klima