Survey: The Experiences of Wood Smoke Activists
One of our board members, Dr Michael Mehta of Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, is conducting a survey study and would like the help of people who are advocating against wood smoke in their communities. As he explains:
This study explores how wood smoke activists from around the world deal with personal challenges resulting from their advocacy work. Most activists who work in environmental and human health fields tend to have large and organized sets of institutional supports to rely on, and typicallly target industry or government. With wood smoke activism, many individuals are without support, often victimized and stigmatized in their communities, and face different pressures for going after wood burners. Such individuals are also likely to be exposed to wood smoke pollution themselves.
This work will provide these individuals with a comprehensive review of their situation and how it differs from others.
This research also expands on social movements research by examining a new and emerging class of actors who have been relatively ignored in the social science literature.
More information and the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/wood_smoke_activists