The task of mapping – though seemingly repetitive – was an interesting project through which I was able to gain a better and overall more wholistic understanding of the different influential factors within the issue of climate change. By consistent mapping patterns and repeated links were made more distinct amongst
Below, is the initial mind map created and indicates a more generalised gauge on the different stakeholders involved with climate change. We identified key stakeholders as being sustainability, changes in the physical environment, organisations and problems revolving around depleting natural resources. These terms that we extracted are vague and abstract, failing to look at the details and the smaller influencers and those influenced in relation.
Our second collaborative mapping exercise saw us extracting key terms and themes that are associated with the climate change issue. What was interesting however was then how we collected terms to then extract the antonyms of these words. What became evident was that the thinking and consciousness that we have regarding climate change, global warming, environmental issues et. al. is of a negative mindset. The issues that we largely associate with climate change are also almost always indicative of a sense of loss e.g. loss of resources, deforestation, depleting air quality, water quality, loss of coral.
In the below map, a more intricate depiction of stakeholders has been merged with our interpretation of polemic issues and their relating emotions. Once again the innate interconnectedness of all the issues emphasises the complexity of each problem. Dotted lines indicate issues that mutually affect one another negatively or positively, with black text indicating the issues and red indicating stakeholders. One major realisation and conclusion that we did come to however was that one of, if not the greatest influencer is capitalism as a driving force of how we treat the environment.
Another conclusion that I then came to was that to reverse the effects of climate change completely would be a very slow and gradual task. Climate change, carbon emissions, pollution – all the negativity that we impart on the environment is a result of each and every one of our movements and activities. As people who are used to the luxuries of energy and as a capitalised country, it is impossible to change global mindsets on a large scale with one single solution, rather a multitude of small changes and greater everyday consciousness is necessary to impact on the larger picture.
Education and knowledge was also a new area of discussion to emerge from our mapping – in particular media coverage and what is and isn’t released publicly or taught in education. This is directly interrelated to how we – at the centre of a capitalised space – comparatively feel the repercussions of climate change the least as we have (arguably) greater means to adapt more quickly and with more efficiency (urbanisation, infrastructure, air-conditioning anyone?). In turn those who do tend to feel the effects at a greater scale end up being those in isolated communities, the disadvantaged, more agrarian groups and developing countries.