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Prof. Aseem Prakash on Forbes, "Will Vandalizing The Mona Lisa Bring Climate Progress?"

Submitted by Stephen Dunne on June 6, 2022 - 9:29am

Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak ask whether the stunt on the Mona Lisa will help with climate issues.

"Last week, a climate activist threw a pastry at the Mona Lisa in Paris’ Louvre Museum...

This was not an impulsive act because the vandal put on a wig and faked a disability to use a wheelchair. So, what might have been the vandal’s “theory of policy change”?

We speculate it was something along the following lines: a dramatic act will draw public attention to climate issues and create demand for climate action.

Social movements deploy several tactics, disruption being one of them. Think of sit-ins, walk-outs, marches, hunger strikes, and consumer boycotts. The theory is that disruption raises issue salience and imposes costs on the disrupted actors, motivating them to change behavior or adopt new policies."

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