Workshop Proceedings of the 18th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

Workshop: NOCAPS 2024 - Networks and Opinions on Climate Action in the Public Sphere

DOI: 10.36190/2024.53

Published: 2024-06-01
Exploring Climate Change Discourse: Measurements and Analysis of Reddit Data
Smriti Janaswamy, Jeremy Blackburn

Social media platforms are becoming increasingly popular for facilitating conversations about important topics and bringing forth insights and issues related to these topics. Reddit serves as a platform that fosters social interactions and hosts engaging discussions on a wide array of topics, thus forming narratives around these topics. One such topic is climate change. It is one of the most pressing challenges we face today and has implications for ecosystems, economies worldwide, and public health. There are extensive discussions on Reddit about climate change, indicating high interest in its various aspects. In this paper, we explore 11 subreddits that discuss climate change for the duration of 2014 to 2022 and conduct a data-driven analysis of the posts on these subreddits. We present a basic characterization of the data and show the distribution of the posts and authors across our dataset for all years. Additionally, we analyze user engagement metrics like scores for the posts and how they change over time. We also offer insights into the topics of discussion across the subreddits, followed by entities referenced throughout the dataset.