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Conceptualizing Climate Justice in Kivalina

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Marissa Knodel

on 23 April 2014

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Conceptualizing Climate Justice in Kivalina
Micropolitics of Climate Change
in Kivalina
National Environmental Justice Conference
27 March 2014
Marissa Knodel
How are climate-induced impacts understood among indigenous communities in Alaska?

How can community participation be increased in discussions about, and policies for, relocation? Specifically, do discussions about climate justice help or hinder the relocation process?
How does the inevitability of relocation affect a community's ability to adjust to climatic changes?
Social Vulnerabilities
Research Questions
Climate change impacts are symptomatic of existing social vulnerabilities and limit adaptive capacity

If relocation is viewed as a strategy for resilience, new opportunities for collaboration between communities and state and federal agencies are possible
Climate-induced relocation can benefit from utilizing local, indigenous knowledge and increasing
community participation
Preliminary Conclusions
Reframing relocation as a climate justice issue broadens the discussion to include its social-historical drivers, and draws connections between issues of climate change, sovereignty, and cultural survival
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