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Culture & Climate Change in the Anthropocene 
Saadatu Umaru Baba (Kaduna State University)
Rakiya Mamman (National Open University of Nigeria)
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Palmer 1.06
Wednesday 28 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Culture mediates climate change impacts and response. The panel will explore how cultural practices and social norms constrain or enable agency in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Global South, and explore the ways climate change can in turn shape and change these practices and norms.

Long Abstract:

Culture mediates climate change risk and response. Cultural practices and social norms mediate climate change impacts and the response to these impacts. Social norms determine what suitable behavior in societies is. These norms often intersect with gender, age, class, and religion and shape attitudes to climate change. In many parts of the Global South, such social norms and cultural practices are deeply entrenched, and may be a barrier to or an enabler of appropriate climate change adaptation and mitigation . They may also determine the societal and individual actions taken, e.g. in the event of extreme weather events such as floods or wildfires. For example, norms governing the restriction of women’s mobility may impede swift action in disasters, while age old traditional agricultural practices may be useful in the event of droughts. Social norms regarding property rights and agricultural division of labour could also help or hinder climate change adaptation in the Global South.

This panel aims to stimulate conversation around the role of cultural and social norms in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Global South. How do cultural practices and social norms drive action on climate change, and response to climate change impacts at the individual and societal level? Since culture is not static and can evolve, the panel will also explore how environmental crises in general and climate change in particular can, in turn, bring about a change in social norms and cultural practices, and the implications of this for development outcomes.

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Session 1 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -