Survey looks at motivation for activism

  • Jul. 30, 2012 12:00 p.m.

What motivates people to become environmental activists? An MA student in community health sciences in Masset thinks the answer is health promotion, and she has a survey on the go to test that hypothesis. Jessica Madrid, who is also a nurse, has always been interested in health promotion and environmental activism. She heard that Haida Gwaii was a hotbed of activism against the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, and decided to come here with her survey.”People around here are especially concerned about this proposed industrial project, because if something went wrong, it was really going to impact the health of people here,” Ms Madrid said, “people stand up for something like this because they are worried about their health.”Ms Madrid will have her survey available at the music festival and it’s available now at several locations in Masset, including the post office, the library and the Co-op. It takes about five minutes to complete. So far, about 100 people have filled out the survey. Ms Madrid is hoping for 400.