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Talking About Borders in a Heating World

Our world faces huge challenges: pandemics, climate impacts, automation, and new technologies fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and are governed; a changing and fractious global order; inequalities and declining trust in governments and public institutions. A militarised response to a heating world, in the form of walls, camps, and drones, will only increase suffering and prolong the climate emergency. Climate actions must include justice for all people everywhere.

To help us talk about climate migration and borders we have put together this briefing paper, Climate_Migration_Borders-2Pager-350 looking at how as the climate emergency deepens and intersects with other economic and political crises, more people around the world will be forced to leave their homes in search of safety and dignity. Governments falsely view border controls, walls and surveillance as a way to control the impacts of a heating world and spend billions of dollars propping up the Border and Surveillance industry that profits from the abuse of refugees and migrants. Resources spent dividing the world are resources not spent fixing it. Migration is part of the solution not the problem, and there is no just transition without justice for refugees, migrants, Indigenous, and First Nations people. We can and must build a world where everyone has the right to safety and a decent life, and we solve our shared challenges across borders, together.

For more information please contact kim.bryan@350.org

Photo: Hasina Begum. Photo by GMB Akash for an essay on climate migration in Bangladesh, 2018. https://gmbakash.wordpress.com/2019/03/03/climate-migration-in-bangladesh/

 

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