Storying Climate Change
Perceptions of a Changing Climate, Exposure and Vulnerability
“Storying Climate Change in Himachal Pradesh” (Aylin Padir, Ingrid Shockey, Seth Tuler).
Practicing Anthropology – Journal of the Society of Applied Anthropology, Special Edition on Storying Climate Change, forthcoming.
This project characterized perceptions of exposure and vulnerability to climate change among lifelong residents of Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh. We examined local climate data and interviewed rural and urban residents to identify and map perceived exposures and vulnerabilities to climate change. Residents reported shorter winters and decreased precipitation and attributed these changes to human activity. Most residents expressed willingness to make personal lifestyle changes to address climate change. We also determined that the villages’ vulnerability to climate change is primarily due to lack of income opportunities outside of subsistence agriculture.
Climate change research has focused on scientific data as the driving force in building awareness of climate change. Less has been done to collect climate data from the perspectives of ordinary people. Ethnographic approaches enable citizen science participation in climate change research. We conducted and recorded semi-structured interviews and collected stories of lifelong residents in Himachal Pradesh to assess the perspectives of climate change. These findings communicate subtle perspectives on the experience and indicators of climate change through the stories.
Stories of Climate Change in Himachal Pradesh
The group also produced a series of focus profile pieces through their Instagram, messagesfrommandi, that detail the complex experiences of the people they encountered while abroad in India.
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