Unfolding Sense of Water: Conceptual framework to explore caring for water

Katriina Soini, Juha Hiedanpää, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Himansu Mishra, Maarit Mäkelä, Taru Peltola, Mia Pihlajamäki, Kati Pitkänen, Matti Salo, Kristiina Svels

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Abstract

Despite the rapid expansion of scientific knowledge on water related environmental problems and the various policies designed to tackle them, many of these problems have persisted and, in some cases, have become crises. This underlines the limits of the techno-scientific and political solutions in use, and calls for novel ways to observe, understand and communicate on the socio-ecological challenges, and to mobilize legitimate actions. Diverse and inclusive ways of knowing and means of
communicating, including new narratives and concepts, have been shown to be effective in fostering individual and collective care for the environment, thereby providing hope and meaning needed for action. Care for the environment emerges from a personal process based on a sense of place – a perception of belonging to and acting as part of one’s own surroundings through individual and shared feelings and emotions. Through transdisciplinary research that engages stakeholders, who are affected by or are affecting hydrological changes, and integrates science and art, we develop the boundary concept of Sense of Water to explore how the personal translates into collective care for water. The paper provides insight on the roles of knowing, doing and feeling, and their interconnections to caring for water.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventYHYS Colloquium: Polycrisis – eco-social linkages, responses and reconstruction - The University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
Duration: 23 Nov 202324 Nov 2023
https://sites.uef.fi/yhys2023/

Conference

ConferenceYHYS Colloquium
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityJoensuu
Period23/11/202324/11/2023
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Keywords

  • sense of water
  • water
  • care
  • transdisciplinary research

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