Greenland’s Traditions Being Swept Away By Melting Ice

by Maya Gutierrez

The Inuit—the native inhabitants of Greenland’s northern coastal settlements—have for centuries depended on the ebb and flow of sea ice for sustenance, but with climate change contracting the winter season they find their food sources and their way of life under threat. Continue reading

Efforts by artists and scientists to engage public in climate change

by Yijing Zhang

David Buckland (2012) argues that climate science needs a broader platform to engage the public in the discussion of global warming. In his opinion, the Cape Farewell project is such a perfect means for scientist to work on cultural factors of climate, together with filmmakers, writers and poets. Cape Farwell is a good fit because it involves all the people, including artists, architects, and musicians, who know how to measure and evaluate climate changes in terms of topics most interesting to the public. The project consists of many journeys into areas most susceptible to climate change, in order to let participants see and examine how human activities are influencing our habitats. According to Buckland, these expeditions provide “a different language of climate change with which to engage the public.” As an international affair, more than 140 participants have taken part by writing down their stories, creating their artworks, or videoing their experiences. These practitioners use their own artsy ways to offer public a cultural explanation of cause and effects of climate changes. Continue reading

The Confusing Relationship Between Consciousness, Culture, and Climate Change

by Sarah Whitney

The Memory Network (2014) conducts a discussion where Greg Garrard talks about the difficulties of cultural and individual comprehension of climate change.

As a society, we are perplexed by the idea of climate change, and how to approach and find solutions to its many effects. As individuals, humans are puzzled by the temporality, significant scale, and contributions they can make to mitigate climate change. Identifying and understanding these blockages may help formulate meaningful solutions and sustainable practices that can be easily enacted by the public. Continue reading