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Climate refugees: the communities displaced by global warming – video

With climate change set to force millions of people from their homes due to more frequent extreme weather events and rising sea levels, one academic has been travelling the world to see how the people facing relocation feel. ‘There’s just no place like home,’ says University of New South Wales lecturer Johannes Luetz. ‘People want to stay where they are,’ he explains, citing work in the Maldives to artificially raise islands. For others, forward planning and community education are just as important as addressing the ‘protection gaps’ prevalent at the international level. (Content quoted from the guardian http://gu.com/p/4ba7t/sbl courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd; Thursday 6 August 2015 15.53 AEST; Source: UNSW)

Understanding — connecting the dots

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
(Galileo Galilei, Italian Physicist, Astronomer and Philosopher, 1564-1642)

This webpage contains video resources of selected research, advocacy, teaching and public speaking projects (see also my YouTube page and Video-Blog). Climate change is a global problem, but it is experienced at the local level. Videography can highlight local-level problems and solutions, showcase applicable best practices and communicate distant realities across time and space. A number of field research video documentaries are in the works (coming soon).

Galileo Galilei played a major role in ushering in the Scientific Revolution. His improvements to the telescope led to revolutionary astronomical discoveries and profoundly altered our view of the world. Galileo’s tireless observations enabled him to connect the dots and earned him the title “Father of Observational Astronomy.” In short, Galileo was an observer. As climate change impacts are registering across the world, we too are hard-pressed to observe, connect and understand. Audio-visual material can sometimes convey and communicate issues in a way that print media cannot. It can showcase local-level problems in distant locations, highlight applicable best practices and mobilise global-level action for change. Video resources featured on this webpage (below) and fieldwork footage (coming soon) seek to make a contribution.

Field Research Perspectives


Luetz, J M (2015) Climate Migration – Bangladesh on the Move: Forced migration is a fact of life for countless Bangladeshis. This documentary explores climate migration in Bangladesh. Footage filmed on site in Bhola, Chittagong and Dhaka, Bangladesh, 18 February 2015, 28:56 mins,
UNSW-TV:
http://youtu.be/PBJeelgnadU

Luetz, J M (2013) Plantar árboles urbanos en Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Los árboles están desapareciendo. Las temperaturas estan subiendo y la calidad del aire se pone peor. Esta es la historia sobre los árboles y sobre dos personas que están luchando por protegerlos. 7 September 2013, 10:34 mins,
YouTube: https://youtu.be/ke53KapAyr4

Luetz J M, Merson J, Pittaway E, Dufty B, Barrón W, O’Malley M (2011) Bolivia — Leaving the land: Researcher Johannes Luetz takes us on a personal journey of Bolivia where people are leaving the land in droves,13 June 2011, 5:36 mins, video produced for 2011 Refugee Conference,
UNSW-TV:
https://youtu.be/KBq2jNrD-yg

McAdam J, McLaren M, Luetz, J M (2015) Climate Refugees: The Communities Displaced by Global Warming. Series: Catastrophic Science (Climate Change), UNSW-TV produced video documentary, 15 June 2015, 4:21 mins,
the guardian:
http://gu.com/p/4ba7t/sbl ;
UNSW-TV:
https://youtu.be/pPWvGNeFPEs

Public speaking


Hattersley E, Henderson L, Macrae T (2012) Johannes Luetz (Institute of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) won the ASPIRE Award at the 2012 UNSW Three Minute Thesis competition with his presentation – “Climate Migration”, 2 October 2012, 4:07 mins, video,
UNSW-TV: https://youtu.be/f9_RmUuBwmU

Hattersley E, Henderson L, Macrae T (2012) Three Minute Thesis 2012: Twenty-two contestants, three minutes each - that’s the formula for the UNSW Three Minute Thesis (3MT) academic public speaking competition for PhD and Research Masters candidates, 28 September 2012, 4:07 mins, video,
UNSW-TV: https://youtu.be/yHqnb0MORmg

Climate change animations


Adamczyk U, Sheil J, Hall B, Saleh A, Chan J, Rifkin W, Rammelt C, Luetz J M, Bergonia A, Faetau T, Terkes S, O’Malley M, Foster M (2011) Is there a Doctor in the Greenhouse? Climate change simply explained teaching video series. Leadership Networks for Climate Change, 7 November 2011, 3:18 mins,
UNSW-TV: https://youtu.be/1JPbchgrF2U

Stevenson R, Raphael L, Sheil J, Rifkin W, Rammelt C, Luetz J M, Bergonia A, Faetau T, Terkes S, O’Malley M, Foster M (2011) Man vs Wild. Climate change simply explained teaching video series. Leadership Networks for Climate Change, 6 April 2011, 2:50 mins,
UNSW-TV: https://youtu.be/W2dkFG2oJ3w

Woo S, Hall B, Yee A, Primrose K, Soto T, Tan J, Starmach M, Rifkin W, Rammelt C, Luetz J M, Bergonia A, Faetau T, Terkes S, O’Malley M, Foster M (2011) Hit the Brakes. Climate change simply explained teaching video series. Leadership Networks for Climate Change, 30 May 2011, 2:32 mins,
UNSW-TV: https://youtu.be/d0Je8ZkGYA8

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