on climate migration
HUMAN RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE ISSUES
WHAT IS THE OBSERVATORY ON CLIMATE MIGRATION?
The rise of climate change and extreme weather events has led to the emergence of environmental migrants. “Environmental migrants are persons or groups of persons who, predominantly for reasons of sudden or progressive change in the environment that adversely affects their lives or living conditions, are obliged to leave their habitual homes, or choose to do so, either temporarily or permanently, and who move either within their country or abroad.”
– International Organization for Migration
These movements have many consequences and affect all regions of the world, especially Asia. Concerned by this situation, Earth Day Canada is putting its expertise to good use by launching a new observatory focusing on climate migration. This observatory aims to contribute to the analysis of environmentally-induced displacement by producing an annual report synthesizing existing information on the subject. Such analysis can enable civil society actors to foster resilience to displacement that results from climate-caused emergency situations.
Which represents 19.3 million environmental migrants
250 million climate refugees
by 2050 if no action is taken
Over 50% of displacement
is caused by flooding
The establishment of this Observatory is made possible thanks to collaboration with Airbnb. You can help finance the Observatory by becoming an Airbnb Host at the following link !
THE ISSUES OF CLIMATE DISPLACEMENT
Asia is the region being most affected by environmental displacement, but the phenomenon affects all regions of the globe. This displacement has many consequences:
- Severe economic loss, with property damage and insurance constantly increasing. The cost of global warming would be in the range of 0.2% to 2% of GDP by 2050;
- Legal issues, with a lack of official legal status for displaced populations;
- Logistical problems for displaced populations which are often deprived of basic resources (like accommodation, food, water, and electricity);
- Human, psychological, and social issues, including the challenges and traumas related to people being uprooted from their homes.
A COLLABORATION WITH AIRBNB
Earth Day Canada and Airbnb are partners that build solutions to foster human resilience to climate issues and environmental emergencies. By allowing people to stay in people’s homes rather than in hotels, Airbnb already supports responsible tourism through low-impact stays. So it is quite natural that there is a convergence between Earth Day Canada and Airbnb to find innovative solutions to climate issues.
We are all faced with unexpected situations. For millions of people, this means leaving their homes. We know that a strong and growing demand for accommodation is to be expected due to climate migration. As proposed by Airbnb, a network of hosts contributes to create a world where everyone feels at home everywhere!
By following this link and becoming an Airbnb host, you can help finance the Observatory. Airbnb will provide Earth Day Canada funding for each new registration from this link.
Once a year, the Observatory’s research will allow the publication of an analytical report. Accessible to all, this report will synthesize existing information on climate-caused displacement and migration. Thus, this analysis will enable civil society actors to devise solutions to foster human resilience in the face of climate issues and emergency situations. Given the scale of this issue, it is certain that part of the solution will be material initiatives led by ordinary people at a local level.
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