Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies



First Advisor

Amanda Pullum


The focus of this study was to understand how social movements against climate change include or engage with the age demographics. This study is a qualitative analysis by observing Monterey and Santa Cruz climate events and interviewing activists from local organizations. The individuals who participated in this study have shared their experience being involved in the climate organizations as well as their perception of the climate movement’s impact. This research has been conducted to theorize and understand how youth climate movement frames the presentation of age and how that compares to the actual capacity of age in the movement. As for the main focus of the research, I was able to distinguish that there was a continuous outcome of an age gap between youth and older activism of the climate movement in the Monterey and Santa Cruz settings. Specific age groups can be identified between 13-23 years old within the youth and 48-80 years old within the older population. This study is important because it will bring awareness to the issue of climate change itself, provide possible solutions or ideas, and will be a foundation for further research on the social movement.

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ClimateMovement_Capstone2020_Cortes.docx (39 kB)