The following articles and reports describe the effectiveness of civil disobedience in creating social change.
You may choose to use these as evidence to convince a court that direct action works and is the most reasonable method for addressing the climate crisis. They can be attached as exhibits to motions and briefs. Click on the links to download the files.
A New York Times article about the lobster boat blockade, how the charges were dropped, and how the DA gave a speech about the danger of climate change.
A Guardian article about the successful use of the necessity defense in U.K.
Open letter by Antonio Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations, in support of climate protestors.
A Time article about the student strikes to protest climate change and the support they have garnered.
Forbes article about the effectiveness of climate protests in boosting the previously irrelevant Green Party to do exceptionally well in the EU elections.
Open letter from the mayor of London, saying that he will bow to the pressure of direct action and meet with climate protestors whom he had previously derided.
A Guardian article supporting an argument about the immediate positive effects of direct action.
Annual survey of respondents from around the world showing that global faith in government institutions remains profoundly low.
A study showing the effectiveness of nonviolent direct action.
A study showing that the U.S. government is completely unresponsive to the policy preferences of the majority of the population.
Part of a USA Today investigation into model bills and the corporate dominance over the legislative process.
Article explaining how to track corporate influence behind critical infrastructure bills, which could show that criminalization is not actually a democratically instituted policy, but rather a corporate tactic to protect their profits.
A 2017 book on nonviolent struggles: their form and their effectiveness.
An article by John Lemons and Donald A. Brown on the ethics of climate activism.
Gene Sharp’s distillation of his 1973 book (from 900 pages in the original to 168 pages here).
Resource generated by the Climate Disobedience Center on the climate necessity defense: what it is, how it works, how to integrate it.