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Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands: Theory, Dreams, Practice and Reality

  • Jenny Bryant-Tokalau
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Disaster Anthropology book series (PSDA)

Abstract

In this chapter cases are presented on how people respond to climate change. The modern artificial island response of donors is presented, but with the reminder that Pacific Islanders have themselves long known about reclaiming and building up land in order to mitigate against climate change. The ways that people respond to extreme weather such as in cyclones are also illustrated with examples of traditional methods of preparedness such as storage and planting and recognizing signs of nature. Relocation, long practised by Pacific peoples, is also discussed, along with some of the pitfalls of moving into other countries and communities.

Keywords

Adaptation Artificial islands Relocation Land purchases 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jenny Bryant-Tokalau
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  1. 1.Te TumuUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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