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Communicating Climate Change from the Perspective of Local People - Journal of Development Communication, Number 1, Volume 11, June 2000
A Case Study from Arctic Canada
by Neil Ford

This article documented a project in Social Change Communication called "Inuit Observations on Climate Change." The project helped the Inuit of Banks Island in the Canadian Arctic to communicate their knowledge and observation of climage change to stakeholders outside their community directly and effectively. A participatory planning workshop helped them to organize their knowledge according to categories they they themselves developed. Participatory video allowed them to tell their story in their own words and in their own way. Through video, they were able to show the source of their knowledge, which is their close connection to the environment around them. By participating in semi-structured interviews, they provided scientists with insight on the ways in which traditional knowledge and local observation can enrich scientific research on climate change, and also on ways in which traditinoal knowledge can be made accessible to scientists.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 17 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 0128-3863

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