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This is Anthropology: Climate Change Research and Policy
Anthropologists all over the world are working to help us understand the implications of climate change and develop concrete solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time. Anthropologists study the anthropogenic influences driving climate change, the governance systems for dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the human impacts and ramifications of global climate change.
Climate change creates global threats that affect all aspects of human life, including our health, homes, livelihoods, and cultures, as well as our physical environment. Threats of this magnitude affect our stability—our sense of cultural identity, our well-being, and our security. As a discipline clearly devoted to the human condition over time and space, anthropology offers important insights that can help create workable solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
In response to growing climate change crises, the AAA appointed a commission to investigate the breadth of anthropological research on global climate change, the resultant knowledge, and to encourage more research and engagement by anthropologists on global environmental change. The 2014 report by the commission can be found through the link below at “Changing the Atmosphere.”
The position of the AAA, as articulated in the AAA Statement on Humanity and Climate Change (PDF) is as follows:
Additional Information on Anthropologists and Climate Change
THE ANTHROPOLOGIST considers the fate of the planet from the perspective of an American teenager. Over five years, she travels alongside her mother, Susan Crate, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. According to a SAPIENS review, "the film does what the cultural anthropology of climate change also seeks to do: It humanizes those affected, telling their stories in detail and with compassion."