Resilient Policies To Combat Forced Migration
The rapid impact of climate change has become one of the greatest concerns of our time and considerable stress to all societies and the environment. From rising sea levels that multiply the risk of disastrous flooding, to shifting weather patterns, the effects of climate change are universal and unprecedented in scale. Today, no drastic measures have been done in an attempt to decrease the effects of climate change and as a result, adjusting to these impacts will only be more costly and difficult in the future.
Every single country on every continent is now being affected by climate change. There is no stopping it, and there is no running from it unless extreme action is taken to address this issue. It is damaging economies, costing people, communities, and countries but most importantly climate change is affecting lives. The worsening impact of climate change is definitely on forced migration, which has been evident in recent media outlets and television broadcasts on the European refugee crisis. The extent of climates change’s contribution to over 50 million on the move has led these people to face treacherous conditions along the way including poverty, theft and sexual abuse against women and children.
To speak about the resilient policies which certain organizations have put into play to address forced migration as a result of climate change, the Vault hosted an event for the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, with cooperation from the Office of the Secretary Generals Envoy on Youth. The event included a guest list of panels from different organizations.
“When we talk about young people of future generations, we cannot ignore the existential threat that climate change poses to all of us as a generation.”
Jayathma Wickramanayake who was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth believes climate change has forced people to adapt and as a result, people have lost their lives and their homes which should not be the case. Jayathma encourages all organization in the fight for forced migration due to climate change to work together to find transparent solutions that will protect communities so that they will not have to be refugees.
Thilmeeza Hussain is the co-founder of Voice of Women had a very strong connection to the home she grew up in which was on an island. But now she has deep concerns for islands because climate change is something that is greatly impacting coastal lines and causing severe beach erosions. As a result, Thilmeeza would like a more to be done and that funds need to be mobilized for adaptation.
“All the mechanisms that have been put in place are still very week. Instead of putting people in boxes and working on these issues in isolation, we should be working to find ways where everyone’s basic rights are being protected.”
Climate change is widely considered by the United Nations as a ‘Threat Multiplier’ in many of today’s conflicts, from Syria, to Iraq and even Somalia. Due to the growing frequency of tropical storms, hurricanes, draughts, wild fires and floods in many parts of the world, and in the wake of devastating natural disasters in the lives and livelihoods of climate vulnerable communities, for many people, especially young people, migration remains one of the few options for a better life.
Caterina Sarfatti currently heads C40’s Inclusive Climate Action program, which provides cities with a clear roadmap and support to plan, build consensus and deliver bold climate action that is equitable and beneficial for all.
“The main cause of migration today is climate change, and if we really want to do something to protect the lives of people being forcefully displaced, dying in the Mediterranean sea, Sahara desert, we need to take action.”
Startups Use New Technologies To Resist Climate Change
Although policies have been put into place in an attempt to fix the issues that are affected by climate change, companies have also taken the initiative to create businesses and reshape the impact of climate change. The startup community has led by example, using new technology to rethink business models ‘that positively contribute to both profit margins and environmental impact.
The startup companies, which have gone out of their way in the fight against climate change varies from several departments including, department of food, energy and transport. In the United States alone, people throw away at least 400 pounds of food per person, generating climate change pollution.
In response to this, the founders of OLIO launched a social network that connects people and shops looking to share surplus food. OLIO has partners with mega companies like Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Pret a Manger, Tesco and many other food businesses to help accelerate their growth.
Another company doing its best to in the combat climate change is Conjoule. Conjoule is a venture capital backed start-up that is targeting the problem of grid dependence and solar storage, leveraging the blockchain to allow users to sell energy peer to peer amongst communities without a middleman.
For more information, watch the re-cap “Resilience Policies on Forced Migration” event – an interesting discussion about Migration caused by climate change. This event has been organized for the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth with cooperation from the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.