Climate Change

For decades, the people of Oceania have been exposed to scientific scenarios, media reports, and political discourses which confront them with the potential repercussions of anthropogenic climate change for land, society, and future. One of the core tasks of anthropology is therefore to understand the social and cultural processes of dealing with climate change and its effects in this part of the earth. The anthropological approach is based on the insight that climate change and sea level rise not only have physical effects on the region’s environment, but as scientific ideas and political narratives also change the social and cultural worlds of Pacific Islanders.