Activity: External examination and supervision › Research degree
Currently, many Indigenous and Tribal communities face a double burden of climate change: while changing weather patterns threaten their ways of life, green-labelled extractive industries are encroaching on their territories. Psychological studies of individual and community experiences of climate change have yet to adequately address the “double burden” of climate change, a phenomenon referred to by Saami indigenous political thinkers as “green colonialism”. The main argument contained in this conceptualisation is that green-labelled extractive industries and renewable energy development occupy Indigenous peoples’ ancestral territories, and while discourses of “saving humanity” drive these growth-based climate change mitigation initiatives, Indigenous and Tribal communities experience and resist the gradual dismemberment of their lifeworlds. This study contributes to psychological research on climate change by expanding the scope to the lived experiences and meaning-making of people in Indigenous and Tribal communities where climate change mitigation threatens their future life prospects and can violate their rights.