Research Article ICTs in Climate Change Communication in the Pacific Islands

Community participation is essential to effectively address communities’ needs in relation to climate change. Conventional
media forms that are easily accessible in the Paciªc Islands region, including digital media, require strategic integration
of both message creation and dissemination with stakeholder inclusion. This article argues that use of information
and communication technologies (ICTs) not only enables information dissemination, but also invites local
participation in communicative processes. Greater citizen engagement in content creation improves community understanding
of the issues around climate change by including local perspectives, cultural knowledge, and concerns
speciªc to the area. Recording, sharing, and discussing these changes in community settings will inform new thinking,
with the potential to change perceptions and attitudes toward this urgent problem.

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