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Media and Transnational Climate Justice

Indigenous Activism and Climate Politics

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Anna Roosvall and Matthew Tegelberg

Media and Transnational Climate Justice captures the intriguing nexus of globalization, crisis, justice, activism and news communication, at a time when radical measures are increasingly demanded to address one of the most pressing global issues: climate change. Anna Roosvall and Matthew Tegelberg take a unique approach to climate justice by focusing on transnational rather than international aspects, thereby contributing to the development of theories of justice for a global age, as well as in relation to media studies. The book specifically explores the roles, situations and activism of indigenous peoples who do not have full representation at UN climate summits despite being among those most exposed to injustices pertaining to climate change, as well as to injustices relating to politics and media coverage. This book thus scrutinizes political and ideological dimensions of the global phenomenon of climate change through interviews and observations with indigenous activists at UN climate summits, in combination with extensive empirical research conducted on legacy and social media coverage of climate change and indigenous peoples. The authors conclude by discussing transnational solidarity and suggest a solidarian mode of communication as a response to both the global crisis of climate change and the broader issues of injustice faced by indigenous peoples regarding redistribution, recognition and political representation.

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3 Diverging Geographies: Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change and the UN COP Summits

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DIVERGING GEOGRAPHIES

Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change and the UN COP Summits

Interviewer: Do you use the term climate justice?

Lene Kielsen Holm: I have heard about climate justice. It is something … maybe I can tell a small part of our mythology, Inuit mythology.

Silla, or Silap Inua, that means the weather. Silla means also the human intelligence. So the weather and human intelligence are connected in our mythology or cosmology, we can say. Because silla … it is the same word, just saying the bigger silla, the bigger intelligence, that means the universe. So the universe, the weather of the globe, our weather … but also the human intelligence are connected.

In our stories, from many, many years, there is a woman below, down in the bottom of the sea. Her name is Satsuma Arnaa (Mother of the Deep). In Canada, they call her Sedna. She is the keeper of the environment, both the animals but also the land, and the water, and the ocean, and the air.

When Inuit have been misusing one of those … For instance, by shooting five seals, even if they know they only need two … the filth from this action comes to her hair. So her hair gets all the pollution, polluted.

Her anger can only get resolved once the Inuit shaman comes down to her to comb her hair and get the filth out of it....

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