Preferred Name

Kristopher Samuel

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Date of Graduation

5-6-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

School of Communication Studies

Advisor(s)

Pete Bsumek

Paul Mabrey

Carlos Aleman

Abstract

In 2019, Greta Thunberg delivered her “How Dare You” speech that captivated the social and political world. Throughout her speech she tethered ideas of extinction, future generations, and coalitional movements. These topics encouraged the Political and Social world to contemplate the reality of climate crisis and generated support for the Youth Climate Movement. However, Thunberg garnered a lot of attention that ultimately overshadowed the worksof other youth activists, particularly BIPOC activists. I analyze the rhetoric of fellow climate activists Hilda Nakabuye and Autumn Peltier utilizing psychoanalytic terms and analysis. Nakabuye and Peltier advocate for climate justice through a lens of racialization and experience with the climate crisis. Psychoanalysis is utilized because their rhetoric wrestles with anxiety and loss of self-hood. Moreover, I wrestle with the differences that occur within these three rhetors and ultimately point to their rhetoric as producing a “coalitional moment,” in which the three rhetors are able to produce a unified movement.

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