Solar festivals and climate bills: Comparing NGO climate change campaigns in the UK and Australia

Nina L. Hall*, Ros Taplin

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper compares climate change campaigns conducted by environmental nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia. The NGOs represent a diversity of political access, financial resources, and international connections. Three campaign activities common to both countries undertaken between 2004 and 2006 are analyzed for their effectiveness via interviews and document review. This examination is embedded within an analysis of the political, economic, policy, and social contexts of each country. It is shown that in the UK climate change has been used as a pivotal leadership issue, that the fossil fuel industry's influence is not predominant, and that NGOs enjoy political legitimacy. Whereas, in Australia climate change has only recently emerged as a political priority, the fossil fuel industry has had significant political and financial influence, and NGO advocacy has been marginalized. It is argued that NGOs are embedded in the political and policy contexts of their country, and the greatest campaign traction and NGO influence can only be achieved when these contexts provide favorable conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-338
Number of pages22
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


  • Australia
  • Climate change
  • Environmental nongovernment organizations
  • Global warming
  • NGOs
  • United Kingdom


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