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Climate change advocacy in the Pacific :The role of information and communication technologies


Titifanue, J and Kant, R and Finau, G and Tarai, J, Climate change advocacy in the Pacific :The role of information and communication technologies, Pacific Journalism Review, 23, (1) pp. 133-149. ISSN 1023-9499 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2017 Jason Titifanue, Romitesh Kant, Glen Finau, Jope Tarai. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.24135/pjr.v23i1.105


This article explores the phenomenon of the use of ICT for climate change activism in the Pacific. Climate change activism in the Pacific is characterised by the use of ICT tools such as social media. The article draws on semi-structured interviews and an analysis of social media sites to examine the use of social media in Pacific climate change campaigns. While other campaigns such as relating to West Papua have also been facilitated by social media, it has been generally NGO, citizen-led and varied in Pacific government support. In contrast, climate change campaigns in the Pacific are fully supported at the NGO, citizen, and state levels. Furthermore, while early Pacific ICT-based climate change campaigns used iconic images of Pacific Islanders leaving their homelands, more recent campaigns have leveraged social media to depict Pacific Islanders not as victims but as ‘warriors’. This new imagery aims to empower Pacific Islanders and engender a regional Pacific identity that shows strength and solidarity on the Pacific’s stance towards climate change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:citizen journalism, climate change, COP21, Fiji, grassroots regionalism, ICTs, MOOCs, online activism, social media
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Screen and digital media not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Global effects of climate change (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Finau, G (Dr Glenn Finau)
ID Code:139837
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Accounting
Deposited On:2020-07-07
Last Modified:2021-01-27
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