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Climate change advocacy in the Pacific: The role of information and communication technologies

Titifanue, Jason and Kant, Romitesh and Finau, Glen and Tarai, Jope V. (2017) Climate change advocacy in the Pacific: The role of information and communication technologies. Pacific Journalism Review, 23 (1). pp. 133-149. ISSN 1023-9499

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    Abstract

    This article explores the phenomenon of the use of ICT for climate change activism in the Pacific. Climate change activism in the Pacific is characterised by the use of ICT tools such as social media. The article draws on semi-structured interviews and an analysis of social media sites to examine the use of social media in Pacific climate change campaigns. While other campaigns such as relating to West Papua have also been facilitated by social media, it has been generally NGO, citizen-led and varied in Pacific government support. In contrast, climate change campaigns in the Pacific are fully supported at the NGO, citizen, and state levels. Furthermore, while early Pacific ICT-based climate change campaigns used iconic images of Pacific Islanders leaving their homelands, more recent campaigns have leveraged social media to depict Pacific Islanders not as victims but as ‘warriors’. This new imagery aims to empower Pacific Islanders and engender a regional Pacific identity that shows strength and solidarity on the Pacific’s stance towards climate change.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
    G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE)
    Depositing User: Jason Titifanue
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 16:52
    Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 16:52
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10058
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