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Gender Justice and Global Climate Change


Gender Justice and Global Climate Change

The purpose of this group is to examine how gender roles and relations impact both vulnerability and capacity to adapt to climate change.

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Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2017

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Philosophy and Climate Change in the Classroom

Started by William Leslie Feb 18, 2013. 0 Replies

I make Anthropogenic Global Warming a major focus in my Analytical Reasoning classes.  There are epistemic issues (how do we know it's happening?) as well as social/political/economic issue that help…Continue

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Comment by Kyle Powys Whyte on August 19, 2012 at 7:45pm

Jocelyn: Interesting topic. I'm aware of many of the emerging scholarship in that area and am active on Indigenous issues both in the Great Lakes and internationally. I'm also doing some of my own work on that topic. My email is, definitely follow up. I'll paste whatever we discuss and any resources I have relevant to what you're doing on this group page. 


Comment by Jocelyn L. Torma on August 18, 2012 at 10:41pm

On the WUN webpage titled “Gender and Climate Change,” under the heading “Goals and Aims,” it is noted that “develop[ing] collaborative partnerships leading to external funding applications, policy-relevant research, and joint publications” is on your agenda as members of this affinity group. “Our goal is to develop theoretical, methodological, and ethical approaches to studying this important topic.” I am connected to a very imminent opportunity for us to possibly further this goal if you feel you are willing to explore issues in our Circumpolar North as case-examples.

First, what I would like from you is references to literature that already exists on the topic on identity and climate change, if you can offer it.

I haven't done much collaborative research before, so I'm not sure how else to start this dialogue to see what kind of interest you may have in the potential of furthering common goals together. Please respond as you feel appropriate.


Thank you for taking the time to read this.



Comment by Jocelyn L. Torma on August 18, 2012 at 10:41pm


I am posting because your involvement in this forum indicates that you have knowledge relevant to my professional goals. I am looking for potential partners in a project that will be funded if the right team comes together in time.

I am a graduate student at the University of Waterloo. What I am currently working towards is the development of a project that explores how factors of identity can impact the overall uptake of messages presented to members of different identity-communities in the Arctic. This is essentially a study of identity and climate change that could certainly relate to the studies of gender identity and climate change that some of you are evidently working on.

My main goal is to show how some epistemic communities, identified by cultural characteristics (I mean ethnic and geographic as well as indoctrinated or educational differences) are excluded from dialogues that have direct impact on them. This, I suspect, is due to the fact that the norms of interaction within the main community they identify with do not line up with the expectations of the audiences they need (emphasis on 'need') to address. Not a new problem, as you can all probably see, but one that is causing a great deal of distress right now in Northern regions, where the impacts of climate change are perhaps most evident at present. Collaborative adaptive strategies will be required in order to ensure the survival of Northern residents, and, at present, through my experience and my exposure to literature in both Northern studies and feminist epistemology, it has become clear to me that we currently have no means by which to facilitate efficient collaboration.

My key question lines up with one of your key questions, listed on the WUN page called “Limits to Adaptation,” linked on the Rock Ethics page representing this group (URL above). The adaptation mentioned on the WUN page seems to primarily pertain to agriculture in South Africa and Australia, but I feel that the adaptive understanding required in the North is virtually parallel. To answer the question in one context is to give insight into the other. The key question, quoted directly from the WUN page, is as follows:

b) What are the institutional and regular barriers to adaptation? How is information shared between organizations (NGOs, government, researchers, ag. extension, policy makers)? How important are translation, learning platforms, and competition for the diffusion of knowledge and adoption? Who is reached through functional and dysfunctional institutional channels?”




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