Part Two of the dissertation will use the notion of a compassionate sense of place as a research lens in the environmental social movement(s) in Northwest Ontario.
There is some research that shows how social movements engage the public, and other research that examines how those involved actively with social movements are affected. You could say that social movements create "learning occasions." Relatively little research, however, has documented the operations of environmental groups, the pracical philosophies of members, nor the means by which environmnetal groups imaginatively "teach" new ways of relating to the earth.
The research consists of a multi-method approach, including interviews with individuals involved in locally-active environmental groups.