Raising awareness about climate change in Pacific communities

McNamara, Karen Elizabeth (2013) Raising awareness about climate change in Pacific communities. Environmental Education Research, 19 6: 864-871. doi:10.1080/13504622.2013.769046


Author McNamara, Karen Elizabeth
Title Raising awareness about climate change in Pacific communities
Journal name Environmental Education Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-4622
1469-5871
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13504622.2013.769046
Volume 19
Issue 6
Start page 864
End page 871
Total pages 8
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Community-based climate change projects in the Pacific typically seek to raise the awareness of locals about the consequences of climate change and changing weather patterns. A key concern is that such activities might be done in an ad hoc manner, with little consideration of local relevance, audience and the integration of local experiences and knowledge. Drawing on the results gleaned from an interactive focus group with 10 climate change practitioners working in the region, this exploratory study investigates why raising awareness about climate change remains crucial, and importantly, how such activities might be done in a more relevant, meaningful and empowering way at the community level in the Pacific. This commentary argues that it is essential for communities to make local sense of climate change, particularly in an ever-changing world where knowledge is continuously expanding and changing. Initial findings suggest that making local sense of and raising awareness about climate change readily comes about with due consideration of approach, audience and context.
Keyword Awareness
Climate change
Community
Knowledge
Local
Pacific
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 5 March 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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