°C Rise: Life can change in the smallest degrees

Many small Pacific island nations suffer outsized effects of the emissions of industrialized nations, yet under-sized reporting on the immediate threat of those effects. For people whose ancestors made herculean journeys that brought them to their islands, they may now be forced to journey once again. How will they navigate their future? This short Object Theatre film is a kind of poetic rumination on the imposition of the global on the local.

The Living Archive: Extinction Stories from Oceania is a multimedia space that provides a platform for people to tell their own stories, in their own ways, about what extinction means and how it matters in their lives and places. The Living Archive is grounded in the understanding that personal narratives have the potential to explore local complexity in ways that are relatable and meaningful, and that generate engagement, connection and attentiveness in this time of great loss.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of country in Australia. This project is rooted in the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the area on which the University of Sydney now stands. We pay our respect to their elders, past, present, and to come.