Journal article

Voluntary immobility and existential security in a changing climate in the Pacific

Carol Farbotko, Celia McMichael

ASIA PACIFIC VIEWPOINT | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

With the expectation of adverse climate change impacts, some (often majority) Indigenous populations of the Pacific are expressing a preference to remain on Indigenous lands for cultural and spiritual reasons. In some cases, Indigenous people express preparedness to die on traditional territory rather than relocate, representing a new type of agency and resistance to dispossession. This is a prominent politics of place of relevance to emerging debates and decision-making around retreat and relocation. If climate change is experienced by populations as an existential threat to culture, identity and place-based connections, voluntary immobility can be an important adaptation strategy that help..

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