Giving Compass’ Take:
• Climate migration is already happening and undernourished people who have few resources and inadequate housing are especially at risk and likely to be displaced as Gulrez Shah Azhar at The Conversation writes.
• Climate change will affect most everyone on the planet to some degree, but poor people in developing nations will be affected most severely. What role can donors play in supporting those affected?
• Here’s an article on the challenges surrounding the future of climate migration.
By the middle of this century, experts estimate that climate change is likely to displace between 150 and 300 million people. If this group formed a country, it would be the fourth-largest in the world, with a population nearly as large as that of the United States.
Yet neither individual countries nor the global community are completely prepared to support a whole new class of “climate migrants.” As a physician and public health researcher in India, I learned the value of surveillance and early warning systems for managing infectious disease outbreaks. Based on my current research on health impacts of heat waves in developing countries, I believe much needs to be done at the national, regional and global level to deal with climate migrants …
In my view, governments and organizations such as the United Nations should consider modifying international law to provide legal status to environmental refugees and establish protections and rights for them. Reforms could factor in the concept of “climate justice,” the notion that climate change is an ethical and social concern. After all, richer countries have contributed the most to cause warming, while poor countries will bear the most disastrous consequences.
Read the full article about helping people displaced from climate change by Gulrez Shah Azhar at The Conversation.
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