Religious beliefs and climate change adaptation: A study of three rural South African communities

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies


 
 
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Title Religious beliefs and climate change adaptation: A study of three rural South African communities
 
Creator Schuman, Simone Dokken, Jon-Vegard van Niekerk, Dewald Loubser, Ruth A.
 
Subject — adaptation; beliefs; climate change; religious beliefs; South Africa
Description This article argues that religious beliefs significantly influence a community’s understanding and experience of climate change adaptation, indicating the need for an inclusion of such information in climate change adaptation education. Data were collected using the Q-method, whereby recurring statements were identified from semi-structured interviews with participants from three rural communities in the North-West province of South Africa: Ikageng, Ventersdorp and Jouberton. The research found that community members who regard themselves as religious (overall of the Christian faith) fall under two groups: the religious determinists or fatalists, who see climate as a natural process that is governed by God, and religious participants who deny this ‘naturalness’ and acknowledge humans’ impact on the climate.
 
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Date 2018-10-16
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/jamba.v10i1.509
 
Source Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 10, No 1 (2018); 12 pages 2072-845X 1996-1421
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/509/967 https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/509/966 https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/509/968 https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/509/964
 
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Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Simone Schuman-Eloff, Jon-Vegard Dokken, Dewald Van Niekerk, Ananka R. Loubser https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0