Climate Change Advocacy in the Pacific: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies

Titifanue, J., Kant, R., Finau, G., & Tarai, J. (2017). Climate change advocacy in the Pacific: The role of information and communication technologies. Pacific Journalism Review, 23(1), 133-149.

17 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2017

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Jason Titifanue

University of the South Pacific; La Trobe University

Romitesh Kant

The University of the South Pacific, Suva

Glen Finau

University of the South Pacific

Jope Tarai

University of the South Pacific

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

This article explores the phenomenon of the use of ICT for climate change activism in the Pacific. Climate change activism in the Pacific is characterised by the use of ICT tools such as social media. The article draws on semi-structured interviews and an analysis of social media sites to examine the use of social media in Pacific climate change campaigns. While other campaigns such as relating to West Papua have also been facilitated by social media, it has been generally NGO, citizen-led and varied in Pacific\government support. In contrast, climate change campaigns in the Pacific are fully supported at the NGO, citizen, and state levels. Furthermore, while early Pacific ICT-based climate change campaigns used iconic images of Pacific Islanders leaving their homelands, more recent campaigns have leveraged social media to depict Pacific Islanders not as victims but as ‘warriors’. This new imagery aims to empower Pacific Islanders and engender a regional Pacific identity that shows strength and solidarity on the Pacific’s stance towards climate change.

Keywords: citizen journalism, climate change, COP21, Fiji, grassroots regionalism, ICTs, MOOCs, online activism, social media, Bottom-Up Regionalism

Suggested Citation

Titifanue, Jason and Kant, Romitesh and Finau, Glen and Tarai, Jope, Climate Change Advocacy in the Pacific: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies (July 2017). Titifanue, J., Kant, R., Finau, G., & Tarai, J. (2017). Climate change advocacy in the Pacific: The role of information and communication technologies. Pacific Journalism Review, 23(1), 133-149. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3008260

Jason Titifanue (Contact Author)

University of the South Pacific ( email )

La Trobe University

Institute for Human Security and Social Change
Victoria 3552, 3086
Australia

Romitesh Kant

The University of the South Pacific, Suva ( email )

Glen Finau

University of the South Pacific ( email )

Laucala Campus
Suva
Fiji

Jope Tarai

University of the South Pacific ( email )

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