Let's rewind Climate History

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Abstract

Since 2015 and the Paris Agreements following the COP21, states and citizens are taking the issue of climate change more and more seriously. This has led to strong political movements like the climate strikes initiated by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. The goal of our project is to rewind the story of climate change through the quotes of multiple newspapers.

We will first be interested in identifying what the quotes reveal about the important events related to climate change. Then we will dig into the actors behind the quotes. We will ask ourseleves if the important newspapers talking about climate change are mostly for a sustainable change or are rather climate sceptics. A focus will be made also on the most important political opinions of the speakers in the quotes. Finally, these analyses will allow us to have a global overview of how and about what Quotebank quotes talk about regarding climate change.

A little overview

We can first see the distribution of the number of occurrences of climate quotes through the years of 2015 to 2020. The distribution presents an irregular pattern, we can see that some months have a lot of quotes, mostly due to very famous ones like the one of President Donald Trump in august 2017 when he responded to North Korea’s nuclear threats saying that the regime

“will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

In 2016 there are only a few quotes due to the fact that the original dataset had fewer quotes this year.