Climate Testimonies and Climate-crisis Narratives. Inuit Delegated to Speak on Behalf of the Climate

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The empirical data analysed in this essay will focus on several Greenlanders who were invited to the COP15 parallel event Klimaforum09, held in Copenhagen in December 2009, as well as their experiences with the venue and the dilemmas they confronted as both local and global witnesses. This essay challenges the use of climate testimonies in the international climatechange debate. Specifically, what is drawn upon in these personal experiences with the environment, and how is it useful in a public, political, or scientific context? In the conclusion of this article, it is argued that dominant climate-crisis narratives have framed ‘‘the Greenlandic case’’ in a certain way, which consequently freezes arguments and possible agency. However, at the same time as there is a global framing of climate change and a specific position in this narrative for ‘‘local witnesses’’, there is also room for an alternative empowerment and ways of engaging in and talking about global and local natures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Borealia
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)98-113
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2012

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