The tip of the iceberg: Ice as a nonhuman actor of the climate change debate

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Abstract: The tip of the iceberg: Ice as a nonhuman actor of the climate change debate

 

The global climate change debate has the Arctic as a core region of concern and ice has become a central aspect of discourses. This article discusses ice representations from six different contexts linked to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen. The author argues that even though the discussions often seem to be centred on ice alone, the latter gets inscribed in narratives and metaphors which have wider implications for how the Arctic and its Indigenous peoples are represented. Ice becomes a nonhuman actor, framing the discussions, acting in specific ways, and linking hybrid networks. Indeed it is used in diverse platforms by scientists, politicians, governments, NGOs, as well as Inuit hunters and fishermen
Original languageEnglish
JournalEtudes Inuit Studies
Volume34
Issue number1
Number of pages14
ISSN0701-1008
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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