Professor Jane McAdam – 29 July 2011. This lecture will examine the nature of climate-related movement; whether expanding the protection offered by international refugee law and human rights law is feasible; and what other solutions might be appropriate.
As part of the Climate Change Displacement Conference, held at HLS in October, Bonnie Docherty, senior clinical instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic, moderated a panel discussion titled, “Addressing Climate Displacement Globally and Locally,” The panel included Jane McAdam, Scientia Professor of Law and director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at University of New South Wales (UNSW), and the leader of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants; Walter Kälin, a professor of constitutional and international law at the University of Bern, envoy of the chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, and formerly Representative of the United Nations’ Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons; and Robin Bronen, a human rights attorney, senior research scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and co-founder and executive director of the Alaska Institute for Justice.
The panel discussion was part of a three-day conference sponsored by the International Human Rights Clinic, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. The conference featured a Q&A with the former president of Ireland Mary Robinson and a number of panel discussions which examined challenges of climate change, human rights, and displacement, and efforts to address this emerging crisis in the wake of the Paris COP 21 agreement.
This session provides a grounding in how climate change will alter patterns of migration. It explores the key elements of the field and the research evidence behind them. This session is for anyone who needs to get to grips with what changes to our climate will mean for human movement. As well as looking at how these changes take place, it will also explore how we can respond – examining key political and legal implications.
Speaker: Alex Randall
The relationship between climate change and migration is complex. Climate change impacts could force people to move, but also trap people in dangerous places. Floods, droughts and rising seas could force people flee across borders, but people are most likely to move within their own country when they can. Some people will have no choice about how or when they move. But when disasters unfold more slowly some people may decide to migrate and find alternative work. Some people may decide to move as a way of adapting to climate change impacts – with or without the help of their government.
The rights of people who are forced to move by climate change are unclear. Many people should be protected by existing laws governing human rights. However these are not always adhered to. Other people fall outside the protection of existing laws, and find themselves in a legal limbo.
Images in this video / presentation”Cambodia – Working in the rice paddies” (CC BY 2.0) by DFAT photo library
“Family whose home floods every year” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by World Bank Photo Collection
“With Famine Crisis, Thousands of Somalis” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by United Nations Photo
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“Bringing water to the crops thanks to an” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by DFID – UK Department for International Development
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“Bangladesh” (CC BY 2.0) by Orangeadnan
“People returning home as soon as the wat” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by DFID – UK Department for International Development
“Still submerged, nearly six months on fr” (CC BY 2.0) by DFID – UK Department for International Development
Mathias Eick EU/ECHO. From Flickr
“Young trainees in Bangladesh” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by ILO in Asia and the Pacific
Prof Jaime Toney is a Professor in Environmental and Climate Science at the University of Glasgow who uses organic geochemistry as a tool to understand how the Earth system responds to climate change. Her grounding talk will be told from the perspective of the Earth and will explore the future we are all facing due to the changing climate. Prof Jaime Toney is a Professor in Environmental and Climate Science at the University of Glasgow who uses organic geochemistry as a tool to understand how the Earth system responds to climate change. Her grounding talk will be told from the perspective of the Earth and will explore the future we are all facing due to the changing climate. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized Talk recommendations and more. Scientists predict climate change will displace more than 180 million people by 2100 — a crisis of “climate migration” the world isn’t ready for, says disaster recovery lawyer and Louisiana native Colette Pichon Battle. In this passionate, lyrical talk, she urges us to radically restructure the economic and social systems that are driving climate migration — and caused it in the first place — and shares how we can cultivate collective resilience, better prepare before disaster strikes and advance human rights for all.
In 2017, storms, floods, and droughts displaced 18 million people from their homes worldwide. And by some estimates, over the next three decades, 200 million people may need to leave their homes to escape the same kind of disasters, made worse by climate change. Where in the world will all these people go?
What qualities help assure that a community can survive the threat of disaster? The population density of cities leads to inherent vulnerabilities to mass climate disasters: such as single point of failure transit systems and utilities built prior to today’s environmental realities. At the same time the resources of cities offer tremendous potential for preparation and innovation. As a sociologist, Klinenberg brings insights on how neighborhood dynamics (what he calls “social infrastructure”) can help individuals & communities prepare for extreme weather including flooding and heat waves. He discusses how cities can be wiser and think more long-term by planning traditional infrastructure projects which also enable such social infrastructure in their design. “Climate Change and the Future of Cities” was given on March 07, 02017 as part of The Long Now Foundation’s “Conversations at The Interval” Salon Talks. These hour long talks are recorded live at The Interval, our bar, cafe, & museum in San Francisco. Since 02014 this series has presented artists, authors, entrepreneurs, scientists (and more) taking a long-term perspective on subjects like art, design, history, nature, technology, and time. To follow the talks, you can:
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Professor Noam Chomsky examines why the media continually launders the reputations of warhawks like George W. Bush and Henry Kissinger and discusses the events of September 11, 1973—when the US helped overthrow Salvador Allende’s government in Chile.
Noam Chomsky – legendary American historian, political activist, and founder of modern linguistics – believes that the most basic reason for US failure in Afghanistan was America’s intelligence information, which is rarely accurate. One of the most influential public intellectuals in the world with over 100 published books, he shared with Gulf News his views on some of the most pressing current global issues.
Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Presbyterian minister, author and television host. His books include War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009); Death of the Liberal Class (2010); Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, which was a New York Times best-seller; Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015); and his most recent, America: The Farewell Tour (2018). Obey, a documentary by British filmmaker Temujin Doran, is based on his book Death of the Liberal Class.
Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, West Asia, Africa, the Middle East (he is fluent in Arabic), and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005) serving as the paper’s Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief during the war in the former Yugoslavia.
In 2001, Hedges contributed to The New York Times staff entry that received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Toronto and Princeton University.
Hedges, who wrote a weekly column for the progressive news website Truthdig for 14 years, was fired along with all of the editorial staff in March 2020. Hedges and the staff had gone on strike earlier in the month to protest the publisher’s attempt to fire the Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, demand an end to a series of unfair labor practices and the right to form a union. He hosts the Emmy-nominated program On Contact for the RT (formerly Russia Today) television network.
Hedges has also taught college credit courses for several years in New Jersey prisons as part of the B.A. program offered by Rutgers University. He has described himself as a socialist, specifically an anarchist, identifying with Dorothy Day in particular.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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