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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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6 (Dis)connections: Particularism Versus Universalism, and Transnational Solidarity

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(DIS)CONNECTIONS

Particularism Versus Universalism, and Transnational Solidarity

My long-term goal is … to bridge indigenous groups because of the collective colonial experience … there are some local grassroots movements that are doing incredible stuff, really engaging in the political process in a way that still means an integrity with their own personal views … I think because of the collective experiences and struggles that there’s a great opportunity to learn from that and bring it back to … grassroots community-based action.

—India Logan-Riley, Māori, New Zealand (COP21)

India Logan-Riley addresses connections she wants to make in the context of colonial experiences and the struggles performed by colonized groups. Disconnections are also presupposed: disconnections between indigenous groups and full rights to their native lands, as well as disconnections of their voices from political processes (see Chapter 5). Many interviewees, Logan-Riley among them, also expressed concerns regarding disconnections between indigenous voices and dominant national and international media (Chapter 4). Logan-Riley simultaneously relates to a bridging of the particular and the universal. This is of specific interest in relation to indigenous groups given that they are the subjects of both particular indigenous and universal human rights. This bridging can help us understand how to tackle the particular and the universal of climate change, a problem that is global in scope but has graver consequences in specific localities; not least in those where indigenous peoples live (Chapter 3). ← 173 | 174 → In addressing...

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