Weathering climate change. the value of social memory and ecological knowledge

Cooper, Jago ORCID: (2012) Weathering climate change. the value of social memory and ecological knowledge. Archaeological Dialogues, 19 (1). pp. 46-51. ISSN 1380-2038

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Additional Information: Funding Information: Therefore I believe that the experience of the rather wet and windy weather of Mosser in Cumbria offers a small part of a wider sum that does have direct relevance to the broader issues of understanding the human experience of global climate change. Such micro-scale case studies are important, highlighting the necessary critiques of time, agency and landscape, but a wider picture has to be appreciated in which we, as a community working with time-depth, have an important contribution to make. Such work, being done by scholars around the world, is now being delivered to the wider academic and policy-making community currently involved in planning mitigation for global climate change (Redman 2012). Archaeologists talking in sessions such as ‘Informing the Future by Understanding the Past’ at the Copenhagen Climate Change Congress in 2009, ‘Climate Change and the Long-Term Sustainability of Human Societies’ at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Vancouver in 2012 and ‘Searching the Past for Clues to the Future’ Planet under Pressure in London in 2012 show how archaeologists are delivering this important message beyond our own discipline. Taking this to the next stage is clearly possible as one of the first rounds of the National Science Foundation for Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability grants was awarded to archaeologists, from within the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (see This shows how other disciplines and peer-review panels already recognize the importance of archaeology in these discussions. Such interdisciplinary peer recognition is based on their appreciation of the informed and critical perspectives of human experience that are exemplified by Pillatt’s research. Therefore I would argue that it is vital for the archaeological community to further develop these initiatives and communicate the importance of social memory and ecological knowledge to those hoping to weather the impacts of climate change.
Uncontrolled Keywords: geography, planning and development,arts and humanities (miscellaneous),archaeology,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2022 08:30
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 10:52
DOI: 10.1017/S1380203812000062

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