Global Museum Director Paige Bardolph Explores Disproportionate Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Communities

Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Photo of three members of the First Peoples' Convening on Climate Forced Displacement
The First Peoples’ Convening on Climate Forced Displacement in October 2018. Photo by Rob Stapleton.

KCET-CHANNEL 28 (BURBANK) -- The case studies, images and content for this article are drawn from the exhibition “Climate Stories,” curated by the author and on view at the Global Museum at San Francisco State University through May 22, 2020. Paige Bardolph is the director of the Global Museum at San Francisco State University, where she also teaches graduate courses in Museum Studies. She recently worked with graduate students to curate an exhibition on the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities.

“Extreme weather events have been happening more than ever in recorded history, disrupting both ecosystems and livelihoods for people across the globe. However, marginalized communities, including indigenous groups, are often the people most affected by devastating storms, flooding or fires,” Bardolph wrote. “Recent environmental changes brought on by climate change uniquely impact indigenous people, especially because of their relationships with the land, ocean and natural resources. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs articulately states, ‘Climate change poses threats and dangers to the survival of indigenous communities worldwide, even though indigenous peoples contribute the least to greenhouse gas emissions.’”