Few countries, if any, are as threatened by climate change as one of the world’s most unique nations – Tuvalu. DS has been active in Tuvalu since 2010 working on the question of climate displacement and related housing, land and property rights questions.
Kiribati – a country of some 110,000 people, living on land with a maximum elevation of a little over 3 metres – has been shot into the international spotlight due to President Anote Tong’s unique “dignified migration” response to looming climate change – an approach that acknowledges the inevitability of climate displacement.
6.5 million people have already been displaced by climate change in Bangladesh – people who desperately need their housing, land and property rights met, not some time in the future, but today. Their faces and circumstances of life tell a tale of both hope and despair. Displacement Solutions worked closely with the Association for Climate Refugees in Bangladesh to find human rights-based solutions: more than 2,500 acres of new land has been found.
The Where Will They Go project, an exhibition with photos by long time DS associate photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen, documents the global consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change. With photos from Bangladesh, Fiji, Kiribati, Panama(Guna Yala islands), Papua New Guinea (the Carteret atoll), the United Kingdom and the USA, the astounding compilation of photography, films and audio interviews is currently being presented during the major Paris Climate Conference.
WHERE WILL WE GO:
World Leaders converging in Paris will see the Where Will We Go Exhibition. DS Associate Kadir van Lohuizen’s exquisite photos documenting the reality of climate displacement globally are being displayed in the hall where upcoming Paris negotiations will take place.
Exquisite photojournalism by Beni Knight captures the unique way of life of the people of Ontong Java in the Solomon Islands and their responses to the effects of climate change: growing food insecurity, coastal erosion, cyclones and how to grapple with the looming decision of whether to move away from the land they have inhabited for countless generations.