Caring in a Climate of Change

Authors: Cleovi Mosuela*,
Topics: Anthropocene
Keywords: ethics of care, climate change, precarity, migrant communities
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 31
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The paper aims to analyze the interplay of migration and climate change through the lens of ‘diaspora’ (in the global North) that both maintains caring relations and urgently responds after an extreme climate event ‘back home’ (in the global South). Caring relations involve a whole gamut of meaning from care of the elderly, children, the sick and those with disabilities to “the compelling moral salience of attending to and meeting the needs of particular others for whom we take responsibility” (Held 2006: 10). In the wake of an extreme climate event in the source country, the literature on diaspora philanthropy highlights the effectiveness of migrant ‘communities’ in their relief efforts which tend to go directly to those who need them most. This raises the question of caring at a distance in a volatile planet: what does it mean to care in conditions wherein migrant workers, diaspora, and networks simultaneously engage in caring activities both in the global North and in the global South while dealing with environmental stressors at a distance?

Drawing on ethics of care highlights the interdependence of individuals and the embeddedness of their thinking and acting in social relations. The discussion takes heed of how these affiliations weather the precarization of care, as these relations are embedded in global care chains and uncertainties induced by the exposure to environmental degradation.

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