Climate Change & Climate Refugees

Who are Climate Refugees

With a global middle class consuming more energy every day, this must now be an effort of all nations, not just some.  For the grim alternative affects all nations- more severe storms, more famine and floods, new waves of refugees, coastlines that vanish, oceans that rise.  This is the future we must avert.  This is the global threat of our time.  And for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late.  That is our job.  That is our task.  We have to get to work

Why Climate Migrants? Why Not Climate Refugee?

Disasters such as droughts, floods, famines and rising sea levels are a few climate-related tragedies inducing internal and external displacements. A large number of people are being forced to flee their homeland in search of better living conditions and livelihood. It is estimated that by 2050 the climatic events will result in 200 million climate migrants.

See Level Rise and Future of Maldives

he issue on ‘environmental refugees’ is serious concern of all the member of the world community. Climate change and the forced migration consequently, is going to affect us all in one or the other way.  In some places people have already left their lands and living life of ’unrecognized refugees’. Most importantly, our focus should not only be on the ‘climate refugees’ but also we should strive to secure better and sustainable life for the people whose life is endangered because of climate change, such as the Maldivian. If proper action is taken at time then it’s equally possible that Maldives with its limited resources can find a new homeland and we can prevent a whole nation from forcibly converting into refugees.  Since there is customary international law to protect the refugees , we new customary international law to prevent people from becoming refugees.

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