Informal Session: Climate change: Experience and Action in the Pacific Islands
Organizers: Sergio Jarillo de la Torre, Kristina Stege and Jennifer Newell
Thursday, February 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Lagoon Terrace
The goal of this panel, to be achieved in successive sessions, is the creation of a handbook reporting the ways in which people in the Pacific are experiencing and taking action in the face of climate change. Last year in San Diego we had a brief session about Islander perceptions of climate change in Oceania. We asked participants to bring to the table the voices of those who are already experiencing the effects of climactic disruptions. The idea was to highlight local understandings of the environment over global narratives of climate change. For our 2017 meeting in Kauaʻi we would like to delve further into local experiences of climate change by moving from perception to action. Whether individuals, local action groups, agencies and ministries are seeking out and questioning scientific data, publishing protest songs online, sharing information with other communities, planting along coastlines, or arranging the relocation of villages, the actions being taken across Oceania are complex, broad-ranging, and little known. We seek to share insights into this breadth of action and consider their results.
The handbook will be of interest to environmental anthropologists, however the primary audience is local managers, aid workers, and policy makers. An easily accessible summary of the actions being taken (or in planning) in different places to fight climate change, the handbook will pay particular attention to successful methods that can be exported to other places. We understand that this is an ambitious goal (and a somewhat uncommon one for ASAO) but has grown out of the discussion that took place in San Diego, with participants clearly advocating a) the necessity of writing in collaboration with members of communities, and b) the importance of writing for people who are spearheading climate action, rather than for other anthropologists.
We ask participants in our session in Kauaʻi to draft a brief plan of a) which site/s and which actions they propose to report on, b) with whom they are planning to do so. We look forward to hearing from you.
Jennifer Newell curator, American Museum of Natural History <email@example.com>; Kristina Stege, MarTina Corporation, RMI <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Sergio Jarillo de la Torre, American Museum of Natural History <email@example.com>