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What Does Climate Change Have to Do With Migrants?

Eighteen-year-old Mukesh has made extensive coverage on issues in his community for India Unheard (Video Volunteers), which span from agriculture to corruption in Jharkhand’s education system.

In Jharkhand mining has played a large role in the change of weather conditions. That crops fail every year is not the only problem. Farmers have been forced to leave their homes to look for sources of income in cities.

This video is part of a project by Video Volunteers and the Indian Network for Ethics and Climate Change to document the effects of climate change on local communities across 14 states in India. These communities tell our CCs how changing weather patterns affects their livelihoods and that little has been done to help them cope.

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2 Responses to “What Does Climate Change Have to Do With Migrants?”

  1. [...] I’ve mentioned India Unheard (Video Volunteers) before. They are running a series of eighteen videos (not all of them have been released yet, so stay tuned) from their community correspondents all over India on how climate change is impacting communities and traditional livelihoods. What are poor people doing about climate change? See particularly their fine trailer, Climate Changing Communities, on the scale of the changes that are happening. As one woman remarks in What Does Climate Change Have to Do With Fish?, “soon we won’t be able to do anything but wash dishes in rich people’s houses.” There are some livelihoods where adaptation is just not possible, and the only way out is migration to the cities, which would be great if there were jobs there, and places to live. The reality is that families wash up in enormous slums with no infrastructure and limited opportunities of making a living (What Does Climate Change Have to Do With Migrants?) [...]

  2. Anne Jacobsen says:

    Hello and thank you for this article. So-called environmentally induced migration is multi-level problem. According to Essam El-Hinnawi definition form 1985 environmental refugees as those people who have been forced to leave their traditional habitat, temporarily or permanently, because of a marked environmental disruption (natural or triggered by people) that jeopardised their existence and/or seriously affected the quality of their life. The fundamental distinction between `environmental migrants` and `environmental refugees` is a standpoint of contemporsry studies in EDPs.

    According to Bogumil Terminski it seems reasonable to distinguish the general category of environmental migrants from the more specific (subordinate to it) category of environmentally displaced people.

    According to Norman Myers environmental refugees are “people who can no longer gain a secure livelihood in their homelands because of drought, soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and other environmental problems, together with associated problems of population pressures and profound poverty”.

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