Anthropology and Environment Society
Oral Presentation Session
Abstract: From physical and policy scientists to the humanities and social sciences, there has been growing attention of the need for alternative narratives to manage today’s complexities and attendant anxieties associated with the planet, its care, and our futures. Such narratives and scenarios provide alternative approaches to reduce carbon emissions, reduce global warming, and manage shocks to local and global ecologies and unique biospheres. Many such approaches draw on premises familiar to anthropologists, through their recognition of people as repositories, agents and actor of change rather than objects to be changed. We explore shifts in advocacy in relation to climate change, and the narratives of change that are offered by people especially vulnerable to climate change and by those advocating with them. We examine too how people from diverse cultural and ecological settings find ways to negotiate the global-local dynamics for resistance and interventions, so to capture the potential for quantum social change.