University of Oulu

Harmoinen, S., Koivu, K., Pääsky, L. (2020) University Students’ Readiness for Social Activity in Climate Actions. Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education, 11 (1), 134-152.

University students’ readiness for social activity in climate actions

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Author: Harmoinen, Sari1; Koivu, Katri1; Pääsky, Leena1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-06-16


In this study, the authors analyze how students from the University of Oulu (N=1585) reflect on their possibilities to affect climate matters through social activity. The data was collected with an online survey in the autumn of 2019 and was analyzed with quantitative and qualitative methods. Readiness for climate actions in social activity was moderately low and lower than in other climate actions considered in the survey. The following categories were identified to explain readiness for social activity: Emotional Expressions, Trustworthy Information, Individual Freedom, Societal Responsibility, and Us Against the World-mindset. Some of the possibilities for climate actions suggested by students include developing and exporting Finnish innovations and expertise, leading by example, receiving and distributing reliable information, making decisions and regulations on a societal level, providing economical support for environmental organizations, and affecting personal actions.

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Series: Discourse and communication for sustainable education
ISSN: 1691-6301
ISSN-E: 2255-7547
ISSN-L: 1691-6301
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Pages: 134 - 152
DOI: 10.2478/dcse-2020-0012
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2020 Authors.