Bioarchaeology And Climate Change In The Public Realm

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Emily Katherine Parnell (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Gwen Schug

Abstract: As more people accept the reality of modern global climate change, many are left wondering how they are being affected. One of the most publicized responses has been from governmental agencies and popular authors, claiming that climate change is directly correlated with incidents of violence. These claims are deterministic, implying that humans are subjected to “instinctual” violent tendencies by global climate change. Meanwhile, bioarchaeologists argue against this perspective, instead advancing the notion that human actions occurring during periods of climate change are based largely on pre existing social structures rather than climate itself. Bioarchaeological evidence has shown that, rather than responding violently, numerous past populations have peacefully adapted to new environments in times of climatic and environmental stress. In the midst of this, however, researchers must consider bioarchaeological research is largely inaccessible to the public. This project draws attention to the necessity of developing new methods of outreach that can better inform people about the reality and future of climate change. It proposes the use of internet videos as a valuable learning tool. These videos have the potential to allow researchers to reach a broad audience, creating digital learning communities, and ultimately fostering a widespread, informed concern for the environment.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Parnell, E. (2017). "Bioarchaeology And Climate Change In The Public Realm." Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2017
Bioarchaeology, Climate Change, Education, Video, Public Outreach

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