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Issues connected to Climate injustice

There are plenty of issues connected directly or indirectly to climate justice. Ranging from environmental to human rights aspects, affecting communities in Global South as well as North, Scotland including.

  • Climate refugees

In 2013, a Kiribati climate refugee Mr Teitiota was denied an official status of a refugee in New Zealand. He could have become the world’s first legally-recognised climate refugee.

Mr Teitiota immigrated to New Zealand seven years ago in hope for better life as he could no longer live fully-fledged life as drinking water was contaminated by salt and crops were gradually decaying. Not only he is to be deported back to Kiribati himself, but also his wife and their children who were born in New Zealand.

The biggest problem climate refugees have to face besides being forced to leave their home, is that international legal framework does not provide for their protection. The 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refuges does not provide for asylum claims made on the basis of exposure to natural hazards or climate change.[1]

  • Selling off the commons

Last year SEAD has taken part at the Nature nor for Sale Conference 2013 in Edinburgh that aimed to raise awareness about the danger of selling off the commons. What has happened with the carbon trading could happen with other natural resources as well, according to the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020:

‘As part of its Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 the EU is planning the 2015 launch of a no net loss initiative (NNLI) that enshrines the idea of ‘biodiversity offset- ting’ as part of the solution to biodiversity loss. The initiative is, in essence, seen as a way of maintaining biodiversity levels while, at the same time, allowing development — guaranteeing that, overall, there will be no net loss of biodiversity. The destruction of one habitat would be ‘offset’ by the creation of another. In a mathematical sense this could be expressed by -1+1=0.’

Read full article of what is biodiversity offshore and why is it problematic.

Nature not for sale, writes: ‘Across the offsets already justify the destruction of irreplaceable ecosystems to make way for mining projects, motorways, pipelines … Europe is the new frontier for biodiversity offsets. The European Union is considering new legislation that permits biodiversity offsets.’

Tell the EU that nature is not for sale by responding to their public consultation before 17th October 2014 and sign Nature not for sale letter to the EU.

Learn more about how climate change affect communities around the world and here in Scotland. 

[1] http://www.ejfoundation.org/node/997

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