144. Action for Endangered Ecologies: Community Agency and Empowerment

Christopher Henke, Colgate University; Wyatt Galusky, SUNY Morrisviille;

Recent work on the climate crisis and related challenges of the contemporary world emphasizes the importance (necessity?) of developing new discourses that engage and mobilize the coalitions required to respond to the scale of these crises. Moving away from simple awareness aimed at the generic world citizen, these narratives seek to model opportunities for meaningful action and target capacities within specific communities of practice. This panel features scholarship on how actors of all kinds participate in the creation of collective stories and imaginaries that that either empower or diffuse the possibility of collective action. Following the work of De Meyer et al. (2020), we seek papers that explore the potential for action-centered narratives to reorient human-environment relationships in creative and novel ways. Reference: De Meyer, Kris, Emily Coren, Mark McCaffrey, and Cheryl Slean. 'Transforming the Stories We Tell about Climate Change: From 'Issue' to 'Action.'' Environmental Research Letters 16, no. 1 (December 2020): 015002. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abcd5a.

Contact: chenke@colgate.edu, galusky@morrisville.edu

Keywords: Social Movements and STS, Method and Practice, Environmental/Multispecies Studies

Published: 04/07/2023