Celebrity advocacy for environmental causes has grown dramatically in recent decades. An examination of this expansion and the rise of causes such as climate change reveals the shifting politics and organization of advocacy. We address these changes to the construction and interpretation of celebrity advocacy and detail how they have produced a rich variety of environmental celebrity advocates. We also account for differences between legacy (e.g., radio, TV, newspapers) and online celebrities and their practices (e.g., hashtag publics, brandjacking, online communities). Environmental celebrity advocates’ performances can be divided into nine tropes, each characterized in part by the particular varieties of environmentalism that they promote. We present the tropes and discuss their five cross-cutting themes. We conclude with a set of questions for future research on celebrity environmentalism.
|Journal||Annual Review of Environment and the Resources|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2020|
Bibliographical notePublished online April 22, 2020.
- Social media
- Legacy media
Abidin, C., Brockington, D., Goodman, M. K., Mostafanezhad, M., & Richey, L. A. (2020). The Tropes of Celebrity Environmentalism. Annual Review of Environment and the Resources, 45. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-012320-081703