By Mayshad Mag
Mayshad Magazine is an advocacy platform for empowerment which mainly focuses on empowering women, raising awareness and exploring a contemporary lifestyle.
As no new knowledge to most people around the world. Climate change poses as the first threat the world is facing today. Climate change is not only having an effect on the environment, but also on people lives. Many communities were destroyed and people went from being citizens to being refugees in a short time period. And that poises climate change as the most important driver for migration in the world.
Lately, we became witnesses of the effects global warming is having around the globe. Rising sea levels, stronger storms, increased flooding, harsher droughts could drive the world’s most vulnerable from their native soil.
We live now in an era where many people went from being citizens in their home countries to refugees in others. We normally associate refugees with war or an oppressive government. However, there is another type of refugees, the ones who fled their homes, not for political reasons but unfortunately due to climate change. And we tend to disregard those refugees.
Sadly, the first communities to suffer from climate change are the most disadvantaged ones.
World’s first climate change refugees are people from remote places like Kiribati a Pacific island nation and Tuvalu in the south pacific. One-fifth of Tuvalu’s population has already left their homes to seek refuge on larger islands.
Those people are the first to be displaced because of food scarcity, water insecurity, the rise of sea level and extreme weather and this is set to become the new normal.
They left their motherland knowing that they will never go back again. Having to start over in a place where they will always be seen as immigrants. We shall think more about them; the least we can do to help is secure them the same rights as other citizens, help their transition in the new places they will call home from now on.
We should take action for the reason that climate change added to the current economic, social and political crises can create far more violence and conflicts in this world. It’s not something that will happen in 100 years anymore, it’s already happening now.
You can help refugees as an induvial and not wait for the government to act on it simply by asking where you can reach out to them, send them food, water, and all the necessities they will need to start over. Secure a fund and donate to enable building shelters and new homes for them. If we act together hand in hand, we might give those human beings a better chance to live with dignity.
Climate change is an emergency today more than yesterday and much less than tomorrow.