Stories from the ocean: what can COP26 learn from coastal communities?

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World leaders will soon gather in Glasgow for the next chapter in humanity’s effort to halt climate change, but not all of humanity will get a seat at the negotiating table. In a discussion dominated by science and economics, what valuable lessons do we miss by ignoring the historic and cultural knowledges of the communities facing climate impacts? With 10% of the world's population living in coastal areas under 10 metres above sea level and nearly half within 100km of the coast, our relationship with the oceans is central to our ability to fight - or else live with - a changing climate. Reflecting on oceans researchers from history, anthropology, literature, Classical archaeology and human and physical geography, Anna Woodhead (Environmental Social Science, York), Liz Morris-Webb (Ocean Sciences, Bangor), Holly Cronin (Human Geography, Mc Gill, Canada), Abigail Allan (Archaeology, Oxford), Karl Dudman (Anthropology, Oxford) and Giulia Champion (Blue Humanities, Warwick and Essex) discuss the stories coastal communities have to tell, but which often are not being heard by those in power. Looking at coastal work from a range of global contexts, they consider how coastal humanities and communities might offer important lessons from the past, messages of hope for the future and innovative ideas to survive our climate in crisis.

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