Learning to rebel

Elsie Luna, Andrew Mearman
2020 Sustainable Earth  
As a response to collective failure to move adequately towards sustainability, youth movements have grown. This article explores the experiences of one young climate activist, Elsie Luna. The article is the product of conversations between the co-authors, augmented by written material by Elsie Luna. The article seeks to avoid adultism, that is, the power that adults have over children; hence it is written principally using Elsie's own words, with minimal translation or interpretation. The
more » ... e reflects on three key recent events in Elsie Luna's activism: her approach to the London headquarters of several oil companies; her 'dying' symbolically at the BBC in Berlin; and her recent involvement in the large Extinction Rebellion actions in London. Findings: The article suggests that these events offer insights on learning. Specifically, she is formulating views on sustainability, on system change and associated strategies, and developing a moral position on these matters. She has learned socially, from family and other immediate influences, and from activism. Thus, further, she has learned from experience, but has done so in her own self-managed way.
doi:10.1186/s42055-020-00028-z fatcat:joiqk4r42bhbrg3m7y6ofvvpym