“Wake up humanity; there is no more time”: Lived experiences and meaning-making of green colonialism in three Indigenous contexts. A decolonial approach

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree


Currently, many Indigenous and Tribal communities face a double burden of climate change: while changing weather patterns threaten their ways of life, green-labelled extractive industries are encroaching on their territories. Psychological studies of individual and community experiences of climate change have yet to adequately address the “double burden” of climate change, a phenomenon referred to by Saami indigenous political thinkers as “green colonialism”. The main argument contained in this conceptualisation is that green-labelled extractive industries and renewable energy development occupy Indigenous peoples’ ancestral territories, and while discourses of “saving humanity” drive these growth-based climate change
mitigation initiatives, Indigenous and Tribal communities experience and resist the gradual dismemberment of their lifeworlds. This study contributes to psychological research on climate change by expanding the scope to the lived experiences and meaning-making of people in Indigenous and Tribal communities where climate change mitigation threatens their future life prospects and can violate their rights.
Period4 Mar 2022
Examination held at
  • University of Oslo
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Climate Crisis
  • Sustainability
  • Green infrastructure
  • Activism