In order to engage people with communities on a matter that is vital for everyone, WPI has the chance to develop a platform for exchanging tales about climate change. The experiences of common people on the ground are frequently ignored in adaptation techniques or policy decisions, therefore recording these accounts can help understand these realities. WPI can encourage citizen research and help to rethink global consciousness by concentrating on the little and large changes that communities experience.
By Ingrid Shockey in Collaboration with The Global Lab.
WPI has an extraordinary opportunity to build a platform for sharing voices and perspectives on meaningful topics. Recording climate change stories engages people with communities on a topic of universal urgency, and in ways that transcend common barriers. The experiences of ordinary people on the ground have not always been solicited in planning for adaptation strategies or in other official narratives and metrics about climate change. We hear about the crisis more frequently in broad terms, such as with regard to policy decisions, or in the context of action (deniers vs activists).
We have learned that parts of the world are increasingly affected more than others. Sea level rise will overwhelm certain regions and draught will suffocate others. What is harder to see and understand is how ordinary people experience this in real time. What are the small and significant changes that communities have felt? What are the consequences? How have attitudes and behaviors changed in response? How are communities adapting or even thriving?
These stories have the potential to enable a kind of citizen science. We have learned so far that climate implications are not widely understood or considered. We have heard supporting evidence for new disease vectors or migration decisions. We have also heard optimism for our ability to rethink a global consciousness! We will continue to add more perspectives as we continue our global conversations.
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