Candis Callison on the Crisis of Climate Change

Last week’s Dream Course talk came from Candis Callison of the University of British Columbia, an expert on Science and Technology Studies, Indigenous Studies, and journalism. She argued that today’s climate crisis compounds the inequality, violence, and ecological damage that indigenous communities have recognized and suffered for a long time (here are some posts that have touched on that theme). In other words, she argued that the climate crisis and the Anthropocene emerged from a longer history of capitalism, colonialism, and globalization. She went on to recommend that indigenous perspectives, often known as traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), could help us find ways out of the crisis by encouraging a new ethic of responsible and reciprocal relationships between humans and nonhuman nature.

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