Exploring the Global Nitrogen Challenge: Assessing Barriers to NGO Engagement

By Lisa Dittmar.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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Reactive nitrogen is critical in the global food system because of its role in soil fertility, but it has detrimental effects on the environment, human health and the economy. This article explores why, unlike other environmental issues, discussion of nitrogen pollution has not been picked up by the NGO community. It draws on existing research crosscutting environment, economics, public health, and environmental politics as well as relevant social sciences literature in agenda setting and framing. It concludes that the combined effects of the complex nature of the environmental problem; communication challenges; geographic focus; fatigue for "new" environmental programmes; and a challenging political environment make the nitrogen challenge particularly difficult to incorporate into NGO programming. With a burgeoning global population and growing pressure from other environmental stresses, nitrogen management will become increasingly critical to NGO work.

Keywords: Nitrogen, Agenda Setting, NGO

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 599.486KB).

Lisa Dittmar

Master Degree Student, Peace Studies, London, UK