Representatives of Minority Rights Group International, Carl Söderbergh (Director of Policy & Communications) and Anna Alboth (Media Programs Coordinator), as well as Director of the Human Rights League, Zuzka Števulová, lead the discussion. It took place on June 27th, 2019 at Lab Cafe and we were happy to see how it attracted the public's attention. Participants were actively participating in the discussion and got involved with the speakers in a dialogue even after the event ended.
Trends of the report for 2019 are clear: climate change further reinforces inequalities and disproportionately affects minorities and indigenous peoples, according to MRG’s annual Trends Report
Although the climate crisis leaves no country or community unaffected, its social impacts deepen the inequalities of the world’s most marginalised. Minorities and indigenous peoples are already acutely feeling its consequences before many other communities. Several families and communities have already started to suffer from the consequences of climate change, which has forced them to leave their homes. It especially concerns the most vulnerable people who are marginalised already and did not contribute to the problem themselves, yet they will bear the brunt of the most severe impacts. According to estimates climate change alone will force more than 140 millions to flee their homes, among them the most vulnerable minorities and indigenous peoples. For instance:
- Pastoralists in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in countries such as Chad where changes to the climate are severe, are having their traditionally nomadic way of life challenged by factors such as desertification, drought and reduced rainfall. Changing weather patterns and a lack of resources have disrupted traditional migration routes and intensified competition and conflict with other sedentary communities.
- For low-lying Pacific island states such as Kiribati, rising sea levels pose an existential threat to a wealth of cultural and spiritual traditions tied to ancestral lands. Faced with the prospect of an uninhabitable homeland, the Kiribati government is planning a resettlement of much of its population. Even if these countries avert a humanitarian catastrophe in the decades to come, their unique heritage could face extinction due to forced displacement.
You can watch the video stream here.
This discussion was supported within the project Migration Compass funded from the Operational Programme Effective Public Administration of the European Social Fund.