Climate Protest Tracker

A one-stop source for following global trends in climate policy protests since 2022. Last updated on January 9, 2023

Carnegie’s Climate Protest Tracker identifies episodes of mass activism relating to climate policy around the world since 2022. Building on Carnegie’s existing protest research, the Climate Protest Tracker aggregates key climate-related protests around the world and presents their objectives, participants, and outcomes. Designed for researchers, decisionmakers, and journalists, this resource helps illustrate how demands around climate policy are spurring civic action.

Country

The country/countries in which the protest took place.

Protest Name

Protests’ commonly used name, if any (for example, the Global Climate Strike), or an abbreviated description of the protests.

Start Date

Presents the month(s) in which the protest took place.

Peak Size

An estimate, based on media reports, of the peak protest attendance.

Key Participants

Identifies groups that played a notable role in the protest.

Objectives

Summarizes protesters’ reason(s) for protesting.

Significant Outcomes

Where applicable, identifies any policy outcomes related to the protest.

Comprehensiveness

This tracker focuses on mass action relating to climate, and thus does not include many of the smaller-scale mobilizations that attract significant attention. It also is grounded in English-language sources and may consequently not include protests not widely discussed in English-language media.

Protest Size

Reliable and accurate information on the number of protesters is not always available. In many cases, the only sources of information on a protest’s size are local authorities, who often underestimate the size of protests, or protest organizers, who may overestimate the size of protests. The estimate in this field reflects a best estimate of protest attendance.

Definitional Judgments

The criteria for inclusion in this tracker is that a protest must be an episode of mass action around climate policy that registers in national or international sociopolitical life. As such, the tracker’s editors must determine what relates to “climate policy.” The editors have generally viewed any action either calling for more aggressive climate action or criticizing existing climate approaches—whether aimed at a government, corporation, or any other group—as falling under this definition. This also includes protests that might criticize the consequences of an existing climate policy, as in various protests around farm emissions restrictions. Additionally, this tracker may exclude protests that relate to climate change (for example, protests about water shortages), but that are not framed primarily in terms of climate policy.

Reliance on English-language sources

Data for this tracker are drawn from English-language news sources.

The data in this tracker are drawn from major English-language international media outlets. Publications and television outlets used to compile this data include (but are not limited to) Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, DW News, the Economist, Euronews, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, France24, the Guardian, the Nation, NBC News, the New York Times, NPR, Reuters, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Vox, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

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