Storying Climate Change

WPI has an extraordinary opportunity to leverage our student project sites around the world to build a platform for sharing voices and perspectives on meaningful topics. Recording climate change stories engages students 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).

Our students 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.

India

India

Storying Climate Change India Perceptions of a Changing Climate, Exposure and Vulnerability  Related Publications “Storying Climate Change in Himachal Pradesh” (Aylin Padir, Ingrid Shockey, Seth Tuler). Practicing Anthropology – Journal of the Society of Applied...

Iceland

Iceland

Storying Climate Change Iceland Perceptions of Climate Change  Iceland Scientific research is often prioritized over social research in climate change studies. Personal stories convey perceived vulnerabilities, adaptations and resiliencies while discerning societal...

New Zealand

New Zealand

Storying Climate Change New ZealandNew Zealand By collecting and analyzing public interviews, this project assisted Landcare Research in its study of responses of New Zealanders to climate change; public reaction is a key component of climate change prediction. Our...

Japan

Japan

Storying Climate Change Japan Featuring climate stories from Japanese locals, expats and more from the heart of Japan.  Related Links The Climate Stories Project Climate Stories Project gives a voice to the emotional and personal impacts that climate change is...

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