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Storying Climate Change in Himachal Pradesh, India

Stories of climate change impact underreports the voices of ordinary people emerging with firsthand experience of living closest to the land, even though there are myriad justifications for this approach.

Published onJan 27, 2020
Storying Climate Change in Himachal Pradesh, India
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Abstract

Stories of climate change impact underreports the voices of ordinary people emerging with firsthand experience of living closest to the land, even though there are myriad justifications for this approach. We aimed to record personal accounts of perceptions and implications of climate change in rural villages in Himachal Pradesh, India. We applied a modified ethnographic strategy informed by techniques for eliciting life histories from residents with regard to perceived climate changes. While residents reported shorter winters and decreased precipitation and attributed these changes to human activity, the stories revealed nuanced impacts and vulnerabilities, including real rifts in the social fabric and of secondary hardships that have lasting consequences beyond expected predictions. These stories have been preserved and shared via an Instagram platform as a means for amplifying underrepresented voices.

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Padir, A., Shockey, I., & Tuler, S. (2019). Storying Climate Change in Himachal Pradesh, India. Practicing Anthropology41(3), 27–33. https://doi.org/10.17730/0888-4552.41.3.27

*denotes a WPI undergraduate student author

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