Eric Pearson Study Reports

The #ClimateStrike Movement and the Future of Unionism
By Mercurius Goldstein

This study intends to:

  • investigate the means and manner through which young people as climate activists relate their personal world to the practice of collective action and participation, and what terms such as “strike” and related industrial strategies mean to them in this context
  • apply an historical perspective to the #ClimateStrike movement in the context of general strikes of the 19th and 20th centuries at the zenith of the global union movement
  • consider the potential for a re-emergence of collective action via the union movement as the pre-eminent driver of social and economic justice, in combination with the #ClimateStrike movement at the vanguard of environmental justice

The hypothesis to be investigated is that the global #ClimateStrike phenomenon heralds a crucial opportunity to rejuvenate a culture of collective action, participation and union membership among the rising generation of activists.

Focus questions will include:

  • What are some key experiences and learnings that young activists have gained through their participation in the #ClimateStrike movement thus far?
  • How do young activists relate to the notions of collective action, participation and organisation to achieve their goals?
  • Through what strategies could the union movement, in general, and education unions, in particular, ensure they remain visible, viable and prominent in the cause of climate justice for a stable and viable future for working people and the cause of public education?

From the Introduction:
The year 12 graduating class of 2019 in NSW finished their HSC exams only for many of them to walk literally into a conflagration. For them it was not a summer of “schoolies” and joyful preparations for their next phase of life in a TAFE, university, employment or a “gap year”. It was for many, a summer of terror and peril, not to mention the last pandemic-free months for all of us.

#ClimateStrikes are union business.

Previous Eric Pearson Study Grant Reports
2021 - The #ClimateStrike Movement and the Future of Unionism - Mercurius Goldstein   2020 - "The World is Ours": Anything and Everything is Possible - Mark Harris
2019 - Kulini (to listen, hear, and understand ) [Anangu language] - Kelly Jesser   2017 - Are schools really safe places in Australia? An international comparison of policies and strategies that support same-sex attracted and gender-diverse students - Michelle McCormack
2016 - Profit before children: avarice and 21st century learning - Carly Boreland   2015 - Organising teachers to learn - Michael de Wall
2014 - If we forget history: the thirty year war against public education - Maurie Mulheron   2013 - Best practice in increasing capacity of teachers and schools to successfully support an inclusive classroom - Gae Masters
2012 - Inclusive Classroom - Gai Masters   2010 - Teachers professional development: it is union work - Nicole Calnan
2009 - Bullying: making the employer manage the risks - Joan Lemaire   2008 - Testing times: global trends in marketisation of public education through accountability testing - Dianne Butland
2007 - Comparative study of TAFE NSW teachers and further education lecturers in the United Kingdom, in relation to continuing professional development - Kerry Barlow   2005 - Students at risk: protective factors in schools to reduce crime - John Fisher
2004 - Redefining activism: gender perspectives in union participation - Sui-Linn White   2003 - Staffing an empty schoolhouse: attracting and recruiting teachers in rural, remote and isolated communities - Phil Roberts
2000 - To deliver us our future: developing strategy for difficult times - Gary Zadkovich   1999 - @unions - the internet is union business - John Dixon
1992 - Our way: reflections of an Australian teacher returning from the mother countries - Denis Fitzgerald   1980 - The social impact of microprocessor technology - its impact on cchools and unions - Gus Plater
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