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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Climate Change, Food and Water Security of the Marginalized Communities Globally [Commission on Marginalization and Global Apartheid and Commission on Anthropology and Environment]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.136

Our planet is under several kinds of major threats, including severe climate change and wanton destruction of the natural environment. Globally, there is increasing spread of inequality, along with severe poverty among the marginalized a large part of it due to anthropogenic causes driven by corporate greed and escalating violence. Mere survival for the poor and marginalized is rapidly becoming a critical problem. Potable water is disappearing in many areas of the world, and malnutrition is becoming the norm in some areas. Even within the same community and family there is increasing internal discrimination based on gender, age and other factors, making some people extremely vulnerable. At the macro level, increasing right-wing conservatism is making negative impacts as neoliberal economic policies are spreading. Social/cultural factors and political and economic policies are both threatening the environment and making discrimination increasingly prevalent. This panel invites papers based on empirical data highlighting these issues and dealing with their complexities such as intersection of gender, race, caste and ethnicity with problems of poverty and livelihood. Papers from the Third World and marginal communities like the indigenous people are especially welcome. Climate change, neo-liberal economic policies and the increasing impact of political conservatism on the environment, poor people and marginal regions of the world need to be highlighted and there is need for a dialogue between those interested in sustainability and a viable future for the coming generations not only of humans but of all species.


  • P 12.1
    • Dr. Channa, Subhadra (Delhi University)
    • Dr. Mencher, Joan (CUNY)
    • Dr. Joshi, Saakshi (Center for Science and Environment (CSE))
  • P 12.2
    • Dr. Channa, Subhadra (Delhi University)
    • Dr. Mencher, Joan (CUNY)
    • Dr. Joshi, Saakshi (Center for Science and Environment (CSE))

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This paper discusses the ethnographic material collected from the upper Himalayans vilalges with a mixed economy of subsistence agriculture, pastoral activities and trade. Over centuries the people here had adapted to the fragile ecosystem by a mixture of social, cultural and technological practices interwoven with eac other. Over the past couple of decades the effects of global warming are making ... More
Presented by Subhadra CHANNA on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
Food sovereignty has a variety of manifestations that has evolved and sought to challenge multinational corporations and global agribusiness processes on multiple levels in pursuit of more decentralized conceptions of sovereignty (Andree, 2014). The forced removal of the traditional food sources is reinforcing the pandemic of diabetes and associated comorbidities among indigenous peoples of North ... More
Presented by Dr. Amy WILLIAMS on 28/8/2019 at 14:05
Three of the top five global risks to social stability relate to climate change and failure to adapt (World Economic Forum 2018). Climate change affects people around the world, but not equally.Climate change amplifies disruptions and displacements in coastal cities. By 2050, 70% of our population is predicted to live in cities, with most of the absolute growth in Asia, where many urbanites alread ... More
Presented by Dr. Heather O'LEARY on 28/8/2019 at 12:25
YouShui service refers to the smart water station in the neighborhood that filter the tap water for residents to purchase. Companies like Guangzhou Youshui and Shenzhen Youshui started the Large-Packing Drinking Water Vending machine mode in Mainland China. Sample Case: Over 300 families lived in a Middle class Neighborhood in Shenzhen participated a tap-water quality test in 2018. The result s ... More
Presented by Zirui GUO on 28/8/2019 at 13:45
A 2008 United Nations report states that climate change is not gender neutral as women are more negatively affected by its impacts. Taking this into account, our proposal is based on a participatory action research that explores the local reality faced by thousands of migrant women workers in the lower territories of the Reconquista River Basin, north-west of the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, ... More
Presented by Dr. Natalia GAVAZZO on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
In 2002 over 30,000 dead salmon washed up on the banks of the Lower Klamath River. The unprecedented mass fish-kill had been predicted to happen by Native American biologists. They had argued for some time that the five dams built on the river had created a hostile and unhealthy environment for the salmon. Finally in 2002, their warnings turned to reality as the low water levels and rising water t ... More
Presented by Dr. Anna DULBA-BARNETT on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
Objective/Context: In recent years, decreasing water availability, accessibility, and quality in the Upper and Middle Guajira has led to the death of thousands of Wayúu people. This has been caused by precipitation deficit and droughts and hydro-colonization by mining and hydropower projects. This study assesses the effectiveness of the Wayúu’s legal mobilization to redress the widespread viol ... More
Presented by Sergi Vidal PARRA on 28/8/2019 at 12:00
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