Thinking Global, Acting Local: Climate Change, Ecological Stress And Livelihood Choices In Fiji

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Mumtaz Alam (Corresponding Author) , Mohammed Feroz Ali , Priyanka Devi , Khuswand Naidu


The linkages between climate change, ecological stress, and livelihood at the local, regional, and global levels and between the two groups are complicated to assess. This intricacy is most seen when responding to the consequences of global climate change. Examining the framework in which the people of Fiji must cope with the concerns finds a gap between decision-making within globalisation from above and globalisation from below. To effectively address problems such as climate change, ecological stress, and livelihood, globalisation-from-above requires sustainable regulatory systems, and the linkages between globalisation-from-above and globalisation-from-below must be formed or strengthened. Meanwhile, the venerable people continue to work, relying on local knowledge of location, migration, climate change, collaborative networks, and cooperative partnerships. This article aims to understand better how environmental stresses affect people's livelihood possibilities in Fiji. We contend that natural stresses such as cyclones and floods harm people's livelihoods by limiting their livelihood possibilities. This article investigates the timeliness of planned relocation in Fiji in response to a climate, Traditional Knowledge, Stress, and livelihood crises. This study contends that these temporalities are felt as tough outer time, with the past, present, and future of climate change and relocation perceptible daily.

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