Does the Global North have a moral responsibility to protect and compensate those in the Global South that disproportionately bear the brunt of climate change devastation?
When climate change is used to explain migration, social inequality is naturalised.
We can’t let communities face climate change alone. We must get better at adapting to the new climate, and do it before disasters not during.
International refugee law must be overhauled to consider climate change and include “deadly environments” as a form of persecution.
If rural communities plan carefully – and some already are – they can reinvent themselves as the perfect homes for people fleeing wildfire and hurricane zones.
76 per cent of Canadians say environmental policy and sustainability is a priority when considering where to live.
Climate migrants still tend to move to places they know or have connections to through their social networks.
Rising sea levels are as likely to trap people as they are to force them to move.
If the pandemic is a sort of climate ‘stress-test’, the world is failing it.
Directly linking climate change with aggression and mass migration risks dehumanising those vulnerable to environmental stresses. Mufazzar’s story does the opposite.
Both drought and violence drove many Syrians out of their homes; even if the war ends, the continuing difficulty of farming will make it hard for them to return.
Beware those who say it is a solved problem.
Poverty and violence are often cited as the reasons people emigrate from Central America, but factors such as drought, exacerbated by climate change, are driving people to leave too.
The effects of climate change will disproportionately affect the world’s poorest, risking the lives and health of millions of people located mainly in the Global South.
Migration offers a fix for the islands ‘drowning’ as a consequence of the climate crisis – but are there better alternatives?
In the face of climate change, the poorest are suffering from the excess emissions of CO₂ linked to the lifestyle of the richest. It is time to act, in the name of climate and social justice.
Rising sea levels and tectonic activity have eroded the coastlines of the low-lying Carteret Islands in the South Pacific.
By adapting the charter city model to create a new city on the northern coast, Australia could be the world’s great 21st-century refuge.
Donald Trump portrays migrants as a foreign problem ‘dumped’ on America’s doorstep. That view ignores the global forces that bind nations together, including trade, climate change and colonization.
Sahia and her husband hoped to start a life in Singpur, a village in Bangladesh. But the riverside community found climate change made putting down roots impossible.