In Search of Shelter: Looking Climate Change in the Eyes
I was glad, yesterday, at COP15 to discover a stand of CARE, CIDSE and Caritas Internationalis. I was particularly interested by one of CARE’s publications: In Search of Shelter: Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on Human Migration and Displacement. In a world that increasingly suffers from climate change effects, migration and displacement will quickly become even more pressing issues than they are already today – the number of people in the care of UNHCR will spiral up at a very fast pace. This is one of the major areas for adaptation, and an area where the churches and their NGOs, such as the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), can really make a difference. Political decisions have to be taken today, e.g. concerning the juridical and legal framework that will be used. The churches and church organisations have to do their utmost best to foster a sense of international solidarity that will allow people to accept foreigners and to share their resources with them in an equitable way. Environmental migrants and refugees show a very human face of the impact of global climate change: here we look climate change and its worst effects right in the eyes.