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Islands, climate change, and young people's artistic explorations of resilient place


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Stratford, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6273-493X 2011 , 'Islands, climate change, and young people's artistic explorations of resilient place' , Island, vol. 124, no. Autumn , pp. 42-47 .

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This world is one of islands – forty-three island nation-states, many
hundreds of island jurisdictions, many thousands of smaller islets and
rocky outcrops. In a warming world, island topography matters – here
are lands completely surrounded by water and smaller than continents.
In a warming world, the topological relations of islands also matter. In their
apparent isolation islands function as refugia for unique species. Even so,
isolation does not preclude connection, and in their connectedness islands
also give effect to splendid variability – take Darwin’s finches, for example.

Not surprisingly then, islands are often encapsulated by the (contested)
idea of vulnerability – for example, in terms of dependence on limited
natural resources or disadvantaged terms of trade and reliance on outside
authorities. On islands scale becomes manageable and their relative
smallness of size makes them ideal sites in which to test the local effects
of global change. That such testing has too often reduced islanders to
the status of lab rats or canaries is a matter on which I do not dwell but
feel compelled to note in passing.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Stratford, E
Journal or Publication Title: Island
Publisher: Island Magazine Inc.
ISSN: 1035-3127
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Copyright 2011 Island Magazine Inc.

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