I wanted to come back on the topic of environmental refugees we talked about in the morning.
The article from the Guardian mentioned this morning points out that by 2010 there will be 50 millions of environmental refugees. According to the UN, 10 million people are displaced each year due to climate change. These figures should of course catch our attention on the consequences of human activities on Earth and people.
But it also raises some geopolitical issues. At the moment, environmental refugees are recognized neither by worldwide organizations nor by governments. Some discussions have started at the UN concerning the status of this refugees who are moving within their own countries or to another one, as well as the means to distinguish them from economic migrants…At the Conference of the Parties in Nairobi on November 06, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has adressed a strong encouragement to countries to work on it.
To my opinion, the status of this growing number of people having to leave a land they may lived on since generations due to climate change should be quiclky considered by governments and the UN. Peace is at stake.