The frequency and severity of bushfires have increased in the past decades across the globe. Despite the socio-economic and ecological devastation brought by the bushfires, there is a lack of serious actions preventing the risk of bushfire. We argue that this lack of action results from the political polarisation around the causes and mitigation strategies around the bushfire. Using the case study of 2019–2020 Australian bushfire, we specifically demonstrate the role of social media eco-chambers in reinforcing political affiliations and perpetuating extreme positions. Based on our analysis, we provide practical and theoretical insights on social media-induced political polarisation around climate change.
|Title of host publication||Causes and Symptoms of Socio-Cultural Polarization: Role of Information and Communication Technologies|
|Editors||Israr Qureshi, Babita Bhatt, Samrat Gupta, Amit Anand Tiwari|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|