Could “environmental populism” be the answer to the climate crisis?

Five things you should know about how populism could work for the planet

Populism is usually associated with right-wing reactionaries who tend to be hostile to climate action, but the idea of a “progressive,” environmentally oriented variety may not be quite as mad as you think. Here’s why:

1. It (sort of) already exists. Greta Thunberg and other global climate-strike activists might not think of themselves as populists, but they are part of a bottom-up movement that has rapidly sprung to international prominence, not least because it represents the views of people who feel unrepresented by mainstream politics. Significantly, groups such as the Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion remain active despite the pandemic.

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