Empowering young people and strengthening resilience

youth-centred participatory video as a tool for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Katharine Haynes*, Thomas M. Tanner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Young people regularly face great hurdles to get their voices heard, while research and practice in the disaster and climate change community commonly represent young people as passive victims requiring protection. Consequently, their capacities to inform decision-making processes, communicate risks to their communities and take direct action to reduce risks have been neglected. This paper presents empirical data from participatory video (PV) methods with groups of young people in three communities in Eastern Samar, the Philippines. Producing these videos enabled groups to research, document and raise awareness of disaster risk, and use screening events to mobilise and advocate for risk reduction measures in their communities. The results suggest that the PV process was an effective tool for empowering young people to raise important issues with decision-makers and advocate change on behalf of their communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-371
Number of pages15
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2015

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  • adaptation
  • children and young people
  • disaster risk reduction
  • participatory video
  • resilience

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