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Traditional way of thinking and prediction of climate change in New Caledonia (France)

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  • Lammel, Annamaria
  • Dugas, Emilie
  • Guillen, Elisa
INDIAN JOURNAL OF TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Pages: 13-20 Published: 2011

In this paper we explore how the original inhabitants of New Caledonia, a French Pacific collectivity, view current climate change, explain its causes and predict climate modifications in the coming 10-, 30- or 100-year periods. We start with the presumption that the traditional worldview of indigenous habitants of New Caledonia allows the construction of a holistic view of climate change despite the western teachings based on fundamental analytical thinking in the French school system. Analysis of 61 semi-structured interviews with indigenous adults of New Caledonia demonstrates a universally held systemic view of climate change, in which the circular interaction between activities (including pollution of the air, surface water, cryosphere, lithosphere and biosphere of the Earth) is life threatening for all human beings.

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  • Holistic thinking
  • Climate change
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • New Caledonia
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    • Plant & Animal Science
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    • Plant Sciences

    [Lammel, Annamaria; Dugas, Emilie; Guillen, Elisa] Univ Paris 08, Lab Paragraphe, F-93526 St Denis, France

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    Lammel, A (reprint author), Univ Paris 08, Lab Paragraphe, 2 Rue Liberte, F-93526 St Denis, France.

    • France
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