ENVS 220 (Environmental Analysis), Spring 2020
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Initially, our framing question centered around the ever present but worsening phenomenon of Wildfires. Specifically, we wondered how cultures who live in climates that are subject to wildfires could be influenced by them in pre and post colonial settings. Situating our research on the country of Australia, we ask this in addition to questions about the effects of worsening wildfires in relation to the legacy of colonial displacement in Australia today. We plan to implement quantitative methods in the form of an ArcGis map indicating where Aboriginal people are the most at risk, a survey asking both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians their level of preparedness, and a qualitative approach in the form of interviews with Aboriginal people who have been affected. From these studies we can understand that there is an inequality in how different ethnic communities of Australia deal with the burdens of wildfires.
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Framing Question: How have wildfires shaped pre and post colonial society and ecology?
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Focus Question: How have rural Australian Aboriginal communities been affected by wildfires and wildfire preparedness systems compared to non-aboriginal urban areas?
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