At the Paris climate talks, Pacific nations urged Australia to support their call for stronger action on climate change. Scott Leckie talks to Radio National on this pressing issue. Click here to listen.
Hope from the Pope
Great News to Start 2016!
Rising Seas-Lost Lands: The Where Will They Go? Exhibition
DS Welcomes Participants to the Roundtable on Improving Land Access for Climate Displaced People
The recent encyclical by Pope Francis, subtitled "On the care for our common home", calls on every human being to take responsibility for the wellbeing of the earth and its inhabitants. Acknowledging the scientific consensus that human activity is the major cause behind today's global warming, the Pope highlights the very real consequences that people all around the world will face, including the fact that "rises in the sea level mainly affect impoverished coastal populations who have nowhere else to go" (paragraph. 48). With the major climate negotiations by members of the UNFCCC set to take place in Paris in December 2015, DS hopes that the voice of the Pope and that of millions of others around the world will be heard and acted upon by the world's leaders. Communities all around the world are already being displaced by climate change. It is crucial that binding agreements are reached to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, so that the displacement of hundreds of millions of people can be prevented along with the many other potential consequences of climate change. Pope Francis' encyclical can be accessed here. Image attribution: By Edgar Jiménez from Porto, Portugal (Papa rock star) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons...
Our One House at a Time Project in Bangladesh has gotten off to a great start in 2016 with a generous donation by the Dutch NGO Stichting FortUna which has been matched by DS. Together these funds will provide rights-based land and housing solutions for two climate-displaced families (12 persons) in eastern Bangladesh. The One House at a Time Project is administered by DS and implemented by our partners YPSA. After careful research, and building on YPSA's decades of experience working with the most vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, the project aims to assist particularly disadvantaged climate displaced families near Chittagong to find new land and housing solutions which will allow them to start life anew. USD 8,400- is all it takes to provide access to land, a new home with solar energy, and permanent access to clean water. Partial funds for a third house are already in place, with funds currently reaching USD 1700- thanks to the initiative of Dutch Photographer Nelke van Dijk who is working to fund a third house through the sales of her latest book Water Imagined. Nelke's extraordinary work can be viewed here. We can guarantee you that you will never be able to look at water…...
As a central part of the DS Where Will They Go project, we have had the pleasure of working closely with long time DS associate photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen who has spent much of the past two years crisscrossing the globe looking at the global consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change.
DS is delighted to welcome all participants to Geneva for the Roundtable on Improving Land Access for Climate Displaced Persons and Communities! This event is one of the first-ever international gatherings to discuss the details of what it will mean to find new land for everyone, everywhere who is displaced due to the effects and consequences of climate change. We have brought together a diverse and highly experienced group of global experts on these issues and hope to come up with a series of new recommendations on how best to increase the chances for the growing millions of people across the world who are in the process of facing climate displacement. Our report on the meeting will be released in several weeks, so please come back then and have a read. Thanks for coming everyone! And thanks to the HEI for co-hosting this event with us. You can read the Opening Statement by DS Director Scott Leckie here: FINAL Opening Statement by SL to DS Roundtable A Public Event featuring many speakers from the Roundtable on 'Bigger Slums or Better Homes? Solving the Global Climate Displacement Crisis Begins with Land will be held from 18:15-20:00 at the HEI's Auditorium Ivan Pictet…...