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“God and Tonga Are My Inheritance!”: climate change impact on perceived spirituality, adaptation and lessons learnt from Kanokupolu, ‘Ahau, Tukutonga, Popua and Manuka in Tongatapu, Tonga

Hausia Havea, P and Hemstock, S.L. and Jacot Des Combes, H. and Luetz, J. (2017) “God and Tonga Are My Inheritance!”: climate change impact on perceived spirituality, adaptation and lessons learnt from Kanokupolu, ‘Ahau, Tukutonga, Popua and Manuka in Tongatapu, Tonga. In: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies for Coastal Communities. Climate Change Management - Springer Nature Series . Springer, Cham, International, pp. 167-186. ISBN 978-3-319-70702-0

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Abstract

Climate change is a significant threat to health and well-being, in particular to people’s spiritual well-being, in coastal areas and communities. This paper describes the findings of a 2013 study on impacts of climate change on people’s spiritual well-being in 5 coastal communities in Tongatapu, Tonga: Kanokupolu, ‘Ahau, Tukutonga, Popua and Manuka, using a concurrent convergence parallel triangulation design. Information was collected from a group of 460 participants aged 15–75 via self-administered questionnaire, in-depth interview (IDI), focus group discussions (FGD) and key information interviews (KII). There was a statistically significant difference between people whose spirituality was affected and those unaffected (p < 0.005). People who were worried and whose physical well-being were affected, emerged as the most strongly affected (χ2(4) = 15.780, p < 0.005). The same factor was explored qualitatively using thematic analytical strategy, and concluded that climate change had affected people’s spiritual well-being, negatively. Lessons learnt from this paper will be useful for people invested in policy practice, and pastorate serving the cause of holistic Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Tonga: preaching, fasting and praying to God to reverse climate change and its impacts, help State and Church to adapt more effectively and comprehensively.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © Springer International Publishing AG, 2018. The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70703-7_9
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spirituality, Tonga, Climate Change, Adaptation, God (‘Otua)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Sarah Hemstock
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 09:17
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 16:45
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/263

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