Making a difference: Factors that influence participation in grassroots environmental activism in Australia

Sam La Rocca’s Honours study (2004) found that the important motivations and catalysts that inspire activism include ecological experiences, a sense of personal responsibility and a desire to make a difference. Barriers to participation include paid work priorities, competing time commitments, ‘cliqueness’ and alienation. Sam’s study finds the main factors that sustain activism are strong commitment to the cause and enjoyment of activist work.

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