Connecting local responses around the world
I attended Global Insight Brown Bag in which three speakers Naama Raz-Yaseef, Ph.D., Carla Handley, and Gustavo Hernandez shared on participatory approaches at the intersection of decolonization and climate change, The presenters emphasised that environmental goals cannot be achieved without community participation. They discussed the need to move from extraction of local knowledge to authentically community-led research. what is the role of communities, government and external researchers. They also underlined that participation includes human beings as well as nature.
2. From community engagement to community-decision making - act beyond tokenism. Change operational culture from inside. While local communities are central, non-local entities can offer skills and coordination- Dr Naama
3. Embrace 'buen vivir'
Respect and do not commodify nature. - focus on the collective- living in harmony with people and nature. We have forgotten that we are humans in the communities of other living beings. we have to reframe the notion of participation as nature and society are inter-linked. Dr Juan emphasized the need for Laws around biocentrism, which holds that the natural environment has its own set of rights.
Dr Naama shared an example of community led research for environmental justice in which communities used nature based solutions to the issue of rising water level of the sea in Bay area of Sanfrancisco
The event concluded with discussion on a challenging topic- quality in participatory research to which the presenters responded that they let their control and expectations as professional researchers and let the community drive the research agenda.
A big thanks to Jillian J Foster and Global Insight team for this excellent webinar. Slides are courtesy of the presenters.