Climate Change Task Force

Global Climate Change Task Force

The AAA Global Climate Change Task Force submitted their final report to the AAA Executive Board in May 2014 and it was approved in December 2014. A Statement on Humanity and Climate Change is now available. Also a synopsis report will be available, with a public rollout in the early summer. 


Climate changeTo facilitate anthropological contributions to interdisciplinary research that can be made without sacrificing disciplinary rigor and promote engagement with an array of policy issues; and to produce a guiding document to recognize anthropological contributions to global climate change-related issues, articulate new research directions, and provide the AAA with actions and recommendations to support and promote anthropological investigation of these issues including the development of course curricula and application of anthropological theory and methods to the issues.

Duration of Task Force: 3 years (June 2011 - May 2014)

Task Force Reports to: Executive Board

Membership and Appointment:  11 appointed members  (Member Roster)

Staff Liaison and contact information: Amy Goldenberg,, 703/528-1902 x1184 (phone), 703/528-3546 (fax)


An Arid World? Can We Learn from Other Nations? by Kathleen Galvin (Aug 8, 2013)

Green Consumerism is No Solution by Richard Wilk (Jun 14, 2013)

Forced Migration? Facing an Uncomfortable Future by Anthony Oliver-Smith (Mar 29, 2013)

Thinking Big About Consumerism by Richard Wilk (Dec 19, 2013)

Open Letter to the Candidates: SuperStorm Sandy and Her Lessons, Shirley J Fiske (Nov 2, 2012)

Why Climate Matters, Statement #1, by Shirley J Fiske: Political Gridlock and Climate Justice (Oct 22, 2012)

AAA Teaching Materials Exchange: Search for a syllabus from among many anthropology syllabi. Be sure to use the keyword "Climate Change"

AAA Teaching Materials Exchange: Submit a syllabus and expand the repository using the keyword "Climate Change"

Climate Change Anth: A listserv for anyone interested in anthropology and climate change.

GCCTF Panel Proposal for 2012 AAA Annual Meeting

Global Climate Change: New AAA Task Force Takes on Quintessentially Anthropological Issue (AN January 2012)

AAA Global Climate Change Task Force Takes Shape (AN November 2011)

Changing the Atmosphere Columns

Agriculture and Adaptation from Africa to the Andes (AN 53[8])

Climate Change Impacts across the Americas (AN 53[8])

Experiencing Rio+20 (AN 53[6])

Communication, Consultation, Collaboration (AN 53[6])

Of Aquifers and Islands (AN 53[5])

Listening to Locals, Recognizing Risks, Reframing Discourse (AN 53[4])

Of Cows, Corn, and Climate (AN 53[3])

Tales from the AAA Task Force on Global Climate Change (AN 53[2])