What is Owed to Ecological Refugee States?
54 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020
Date Written: September 6, 2019
As we begin to understand the extensive consequences and disastrous effects of climate change, we must grapple with how we should respond. Of huge concern is the large number of people that will be displaced and forced to migrate. Regions at the highest risk of displacement are small island developing states, such as Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Maldives. These are low lying coastal nations, and so are threatened with complete submersion as the sea level rises, in addition to experiencing extreme weathers due to climate change, including flooding and regular cyclones, as well as decreased land fertility, droughts and extreme temperature. Soon, the people of these nations will be forced to leave their homes because of these effects. This will render these nations ‘ecological refugee states’. This thesis seeks to understand what is owed to the people of these ecological refugee states and who is responsible for ensuring a just response. The argument is made that citizens of ecological refugee states are owed the provision of new territory – and that it is the duty of richer developed nations to ensure this right is met.
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