How do silenced and often criminalised environmental movements put forward their grievances and expose repression and environmental harms?
In many cases, through social media. This is why in our recent research on the resistance to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, commonly known as TAP, in southern Italy we decided to study representations of harms and resistance on Twitter via posted images and visual material. This allowed us to explore and understand what people perceived as causing harm to them, other species and the environment – harms that may not be accurately or sufficiently documented by mainstream media. Perhaps more importantly, such research aimed to ‘hear’ the voices of affected and unheard communities, whose voice are often disregarded by mainstream media and in public debates.