UBC Graduate Research

Representing Women's Climate Narratives Through Art Rawal, Simone; Jackson, Elizabeth; Triffo, Taya; Ddamba, Lindah; Bedolla López, Diana; Sun, Sandra; Tlhotlhalemaje, Lekha


Recognizing that women are disproportionately affected by climate change, that different women experience the changing climate differently and that women are often represented as purely victims of this phenomenon, we hoped to create spaces for women and non-binary people to share their narratives of climate change. Using memory work and arts-based methods, we facilitated a focus group and an art-sharing session, where we welcomed women and non-binary folk to express their climate stories, through writing, speech and/ or art. This paper includes a discussion of our background research and the methods we employed, an exploration of several of the themes that emerged from the events as well as an analysis of the theory and limitations of this project. This project culminated in an ArcGIS StoryMaps website, where we share the art that came out of the events as well a toolkit sharing guidance and recommendations for people hoping to lead similar focus groups or events. This project reveals the importance of thinking about climate change in feminist and intersectional ways that recognize the different power dynamics—including gender, class and race—that affect people’s experiences of climate change. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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