Culture, climate change and mobility decisions in Pacific Small Island Developing States

Oakes, Robert D., (2019). Culture, climate change and mobility decisions in Pacific Small Island Developing States. Population and Environment, 40(4), 480-503

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    Author Oakes, Robert D.
    Title Culture, climate change and mobility decisions in Pacific Small Island Developing States
    Appearing in Population and Environment
    Volume 40
    Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2019-05-17
    Place of Publication Dordrecht
    Publisher Springer Nature B.V.
    Start page 480
    End page 503
    Language eng
    Abstract The Pacific Small Island Developing States are often considered on the frontline of climate change due to high levels of exposure to climate-related hazards and limited adaptive capacity to respond. In this context, Pacific Islanders may be displaced, or choose to migrate to escape risk and find more secure livelihoods. On the other hand, Pacific political and community leaders stress that mobility can be a threat to sovereignty and culture and should only be considered as a last resort. This paper adopts a cultural ecology framing to gain a greater understanding of these contested local discourses on climate change and human mobility in Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru through the use of the Q method. The results reveal a range of shared subjective understandings of climate change and human mobility which show that reasons for, and perceived outcomes of moving are inextricably linked. These subjective understandings highlight that culture, and in particular how Islanders relate to land and religion can influence decision-making, promoting or hindering mobility. The findings therefore support the need for further engagement with communities to recognise and validate their positions on climate change and human mobility to facilitate the planning and implementation of effective policy.
    UNBIS Thesaurus CULTURE
    CLIMATE
    Keyword Migration
    Climate Pacific
    SIDS
    Q Method
    Copyright Holder Springer Nature B.V.
    Copyright Year 2019
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 01990039
    DOI 10.1007/s11111-019-00321-w
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