Climate justice and migration in the media
Date Written: 12/12/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23149
A climate justice narrative is needed to communicate and enhance public understanding of migration induced by climate change. Key components must include human rights protection, greater equity in burdens sharing, and participation in decision-making processes.
Migration in the context of climate change is a justice issue. Those countries that have contributed most to climate change have a responsible the vulnerable communities forced to migrate due to climate change.
Climate justice is a matter of determining the rights of those communities and the responsibilities of high polluters toward them.
However, public discourses on climate change induced migration are moving backwards in terms of posing the question of justice, when they should be asking: how come certain people and communities are more vulnerable to climate change impacts; don't high polluters owe redress to these groups?