Conversations on grief and hope: a collaborative autoethnographic account exploring the lifeworlds of international youth engaged with climate action

by Lisa Jones, Katie J. Parsons, Florence Halstead, Diep Ngoc Nguyen, Huong T.M. Pham, Dinh-Long Pham, Charlotte R. Allison, Mae Chew, Esther Bird, Amy Meek, Sam J. Buckton, Khang Lê Nguyễn, Alison Lloyd Williams, Thu Thị Võ, Huệ Lê, Anh T.Q. Nguyễn, Christopher R. Hackney and Daniel R. Parsons

02 Nov 2023
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Abstract: This paper explores the lifeworlds of international youth involved in climate and/or environmental social action, narratives that have been largely absent from a literature that has tended to focus on ‘traditional’ youth activists located in the urban Global North. Written as a novel collaborative autoethnography involving youth as co-authors, the paper a) collectively reflects on the stories of youth from different countries and cultures on their journeys towards climate action, and b) foregrounds an emotional framing to examine these experiences. The youth co-authors, whose experiences are the focus of this paper, form part of innovative international Youth Advisory Board, set up to provide peer support to youth new to climate and environmental social action, as part of our British Academy Youth Futures-funded participatory action research project. We examine the youth’s narratives exploring opportunities and barriers they have navigated, their inspirations and the intersections with a range of other socio-cultural factors.

Keywords: youth, climate action, international, activism, participatory

Article posted to the Journal of the British Academy, volume 11, supplementary issue 3 (Being and Becoming: Uncertain Youth Futures)

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