VICTIMS OF CLIMATE
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FLEEING CLIMATE CHANGE
How many millions will be forced to leave their homes by 2050? A look at the so-called hotspots of climate change in the Sahel zone, Indonesia and the Russian Tundra.
Lake Chad in the Sahel zone has already shrunk by 90 percent since the 1960s due to the increasing heat. About 40 million people will be forced to migrate to places where there is enough rainfall. Migration has always existed as a strategy to adapt to a changing environment. But the number of those forced to migrate solely because of climate change has increased dramatically since the 1990s.
WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE
I came to climate change not as a scientist or environmental lawyer. It was because of the impact on people, and the impact on their rights to food and safe water, health, education and shelter.
I met Constance Okollet, who formed a women's group in Uganda, and she told me that when she was growing up, she had a very normal life in her village and they didn't go hungry, they knew that the seasons would come as they were predicted to come, they knew when to sow and they knew when to harvest, and so they had enough food. But, in recent years, at the time of this conversation, they had nothing but long periods of drought, and then flash flooding, and then more drought. The school had been destroyed, livelihoods had been destroyed, their harvest had been destroyed.