Climate, Culture, Change: Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North

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University of Ottawa Press, 2010 - Nature - 267 pages
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Every passing day brings new headlines about climate change as politicians debate how to respond, scientists offer new revelations and sceptics critique the validity of the research. In Climate, Culture, Change, these many political, economic and scientific uncertainties that today inundate our collective consciousness are analyzed in a way that reveals the cultural scope of the challenge.

This alternative view to the still dominant scientific and political economic discourses is clarified by focusing on the climate changes currently occurring in the Canadian north, and the challenges they are posing to both Western climate research and Inuit knowledge or Inuit Qaujimatugangit. Through various dialogues, the book contemplates the value of an intercultural response to the current northern and global climate threat.
 

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Contents

Endangered Knowledge
1
Sila Wisdom for a Time of Change
19
Researching Gaias Uncertain Climate
49
Canadian Call for a Global Conscience
79
Colonial Apologies from Canada?
109
American Fuel for a Global Apocalypse
143
Making Carbon Confessions to Sedna
179
Our Climatic Challenge
213
Bibliography
239
Index
257
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About the author (2010)

Dr. Timothy Leduc worked for a number of years in northern indigenous communities. His doctorate in Environmental Studies from York University built upon these experiences by bringing Inuit ecological and cultural views of today's northern warming into dialogue with Western interdisciplinary climate research like those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His present research is concerned with building global networks that will add intercultural views on regional changes to climate research.

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