Monitoring Climate Dissent and its impact on democratic governance

Monitoring Climate Dissent and its impact on democratic governance


January 2023

The upcoming 2024 European elections pose a significant threat of ecological backlash against the efforts of pro-climate forces to implement sustainable policies. In the face of such challenges, it is crucial to understand the evolving narratives and key stakeholders involved in the climate conversation to design effective, sustainable and inclusive climate policies.

Opsci is looking to establish a consortium of research and civil society partners to conduct a comprehensive study that will monitor, analyse, and identify developing narratives and key stakeholders and communities in the climate conversation across multiple European countries, such as France, Germany, Poland, and Italy.

The study will employ a multifaceted approach that leverages both digital and non-digital research methods. The team of analysts will use state-of-the-art AI-driven social listening tools to monitor and analyze online conversations, while also conducting qualitative research and in-person conversations to gain deeper insights into the emerging narratives and key stakeholders.

The study's findings will provide valuable insights and tools for climate policy advocates to engage proactively on emerging issues and lines of dissent or emerging support, empowering them to design more effective and sustainable climate policies. Failure to understand and address the evolving narratives and key stakeholders in the climate conversation could lead to a significant setback for pro-climate forces, with potentially disastrous consequences for the planet and its inhabitants.

In conclusion, the urgency of the ecological crisis demands a concerted effort to provide critical insights and tools for pro-climate forces to engage proactively and effectively in the lead-up to the 2024 European elections. The stakes are high, and the need for action is urgent – failure to act now could have disastrous consequences for Europe and its climate ambitions.