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It's Time for a Climate Displacement Levy!

We are Expanding our One House, One Family at a Time Project - Join Us and Play Your Part!

Scott Leckie addresses the worsening climate displacement crisis

Do We Need a New World Restitution Agency? Send Us Your Ideas

It's Time for a Climate Displacement Levy!

Whether we like it or not, the truth is that the money needed to prevent and resolve climate displacement has not been forthcoming and is unlikely to be for a very long time, if ever. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that 1.6-3.8 trillion (1.6T-3.8T) will be needed each year to avoid warming of more than 1.5C.]In 2021, global GDP is just shy of 93T. In 2009 the world's wealthy nations committed to channel USD 100 billion (100B) to less wealthy countries annually to tackling climate change, but to date have fallen far short from this target. Some have alleged that the estimates of the funds that have been raised thus far are wildly exaggerated, and that even if 100B were provided each year that this would come nowhere near solving the climate crisis. While calculations vary widely from only slightly more than 10B in total to just short of 100B, the prevailing understanding is simply that "Trillions of dollars will be needed each year to meet the 2015 Paris agreement goal of restricting global warming to well-below 2C, if not 1.5C, above pre-industrial temperatures.  A Climate Displacement Levy on the world's 2,800 billionaires at 1% of their respective fortunes…...
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We are Expanding our One House, One Family at a Time Project - Join Us and Play Your Part!

We are excited to announce our plans to expand our One House, One Family at a Time Project to directly benefit climate displaced families. We began this project with our partners YPSA in Bangladesh and have built homes for more than 50 people thus far, and are deep into Phase 3 of OHOF-Bangladesh. If you would like to contribute to this project, please be in contact and we will walk you through the process: info@displacementsolutions.org. We are now in the process of planning to launch three new OHOF Projects in 2022 - OHOF-Papua New Guinea, OHOF-India and OHOF-Sri Lanka. We will have a lot more to report next year but wanted to let everyone know that this world's first programme designed to directly benefit climate displaced families funded entirely by ordinary people who want to make a difference is strong and growing. Top achieve our results we need your help, so please do consider making a donation and know that - as always - DS takes no funds for this project and does the work associated with it on a voluntary basis meaning that 100% of your contribution goes straight to the countries where the housing construction takes place.  Please…...
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Scott Leckie addresses the worsening climate displacement crisis

  DS has been active on the climate displacement front for 15 years now, and in the run to COP26 DS Director Scott Leckie has given a range of online presentation and appearences. Have a watch of a few of these below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2jUcojwsoU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0_y5_Fn5L8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtVU1D0H_DI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGdsCdtfMIQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6kEwhWSPII...
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Do We Need a New World Restitution Agency? Send Us Your Ideas

To everyone who is a parent and to those who are yet to become or may never become parents, what is one of the first things that parents seek to teach their young children? What life lesson does every parent notwithstanding their culture, religion, level of wealth or any other distinction, seek to impart to every child as a cornerstone of being a good person, doing the right thing, living as a kind human being? Of course, that first life lesson all across the globe is simply to do no harm, do not kill or hurt another human being. And close behind that basic part of what it means to be human is this: Do not steal. Do not take what is not yours to take. But in a world where in every culture, every legal system, every religion, every set of moral principles, everywhere stealing is seen as wrong, a crime and something for which people should be punished, there sure is a lot of stealing going on. And very much as is the case with the murder of another human being if you murder one other person you will likely go to prison for life no matter where…...
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15 YEARS OF DISPLACEMENT SOLUTIONS

In 2021 Displacement Solutions celebrates 15 years of working to prevent and end displacement across the world. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible!

Care About Climate Change? How You Can Directly Support Climate Displaced Families in Bangladesh

When you buy Raw Products you help build houses for climate displaced people in Bangladesh. Have a look at the new film on DS’s One House, One Family at a time project where we build homes for some of Bangladesh’s most vulnerable climate-affected families.

LOCAL WARMING

The effects of climate change are already upon us no matter where we are. In this short film, Scott Leckie shares his thoughts on the very real consequences of global warming on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula and beyond…

THE LAND SEEKERS

Our work around the world with climate displaced communities has shown DS time and time again that land lies at the core of rights-based solutions to climate displacement. This short film contains interviews of some of the world’s first ‘landseekers’ who work tirelessly in support of climate displaced communities everywhere. 

ONE HOUSE AT A TIME

Displacement Solutions has been working to solve climate displacement in Bangladesh. We’ve already built one small village, and we’ve  produced this video on the ‘One house, one family at a time project’ as an appeal to help us build another village. 

LIFE ON A VANISHING ATOLL

A new short film produced by Displacement Solutions chronicles the very real changes facing the people of Ontong Java, as they face an uncertain future. 

DO SOMETHING!

This short four-minute DS film about land solutions to climate displacement provides a short overview of why land lies at the core of repairing climate displacement and how much land the world will need to find solutions for the world’s growing climate displaced population. Check it out!

 

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DISPLACEMENT SOLUTIONS

Displacement Solutions (DS) works to empower displaced people and refugees to exercise their right to return and have restored to them their original homes, lands and properties. DS works together with and on behalf of people who have been displaced not only by conflict, forced eviction or other human rights abuses, but also natural disaster, climate change or other circumstances beyond their control. DS assists in finding alternative solutions such as compensation or resettlement if this is their wish. Read more…

 

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WORLD CLIMATE DISPLACEMENT MAP

Climate displacement is happening today. Research carried out by Displacement Solutions since 2008 in all corners of the earth has revealed the worrying scale of contemporary climate displacement that is already affecting millions of people across the globe. DS has developed a world displacement map indicating where climate displacement is occurring, the number of people it is currently affecting, and other sources of information about these growing numbers of areas, all of which require greater attention and support from the international community.

The map below enables viewers to click on various climate displacement hotspots, and provides the user with detailed information about the particular challenges facing the affected communities. If you have further information about climate displacement in your location, please feel free to submit this to Displacement Solutions for possible inclusion in updating versions of the world climate displacement map.

We hope viewers will find this map useful, and we welcome any feedback you would like to provide, which you can submit to info@displacementsolutions.org

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working to repair CLIMATE DISPLACEMENT

As our name suggests, Displacement Solutions works on finding solutions to climate displacement. We are one of very few international organizations that works on this issue through practical programmes in the field, as well as through efforts to improve national and international legal, policy, and institutional frameworks. We are also the only organization that focuses on what we believe is at the very centre of solving climate displacement – land. Much of our effort is directed towards finding alternative land and housing for communities already facing or threatened with losing their homes to the effects of climate change. We work with a wide range of partners, including communities affected by climate displacement, grassroots organisations, governments, UN and other international agencies, NGOs and academic institutions.

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BANGLADESH HLP INITIATIVE

Bangladesh is one of the most environmentally vulnerable countries and is set to be even more so as a result of climate change.
Bangladesh suffers from regular and severe natural hazards, including floods, tropical cyclones and storm surges, droughts and landslides. These hazards are already leading to the loss and destruction of housing, land and property, severe disruption to livelihoods and widespread displacement across the country.The effects of climate change are expected to intensify many of these existing hazards as well as create new drivers of displacement. This will almost inevitably lead to further losses of housing, land, property and livelihoods as well as further forced displacement of individuals and communities. DS and its partners Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) are engaged in a multi-year Bangladesh HLP Initiative designed to secure new land resources for the growing climate displaced population in the country. 

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the ‘Where Will We Go?’ Exhibition

For the past two years, photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen has circled the globe exploring the consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change. With support provided by DS, the New York Times and the UN Environment Programme, Kadir travelled to Bangladesh, Fiji, Kiribati, Panama (Guna Yala islands), Papua New Guinea (the Carteret Islands), the United Kingdom and the USA to document some of the areas hardest hit thus far by the effects of climate change.

The brochure is available here for this extraordinary travelling exhibition which is the culmination Kadir’s tireless work across the planet documenting the human face of climate displacement. The multimedia exhibition was made possible through the hard work of Kadir and his team, backed with financial support from DS, UNEP, Eyes on Media, NOOR, and the Netherlands Embassy in Lima. 

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CLIMATE DISPLACEMENT IN PANAMA APPLYING THE PENINSULA PRINCIPLES IN PRACTICE

A new DS report – available in English and soon Spanish – applies the 2013 Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States for the first time to a specific case of climate displacement along the Gunayala coastline of Panama. DS sent a two-person mission comprised of Colombian human rights lawyer Carlos Arenas and renowned Dutch photo-journalist Kadir van Lohuizen to Panama in April to work with the Gunayala indigenous community which is already experiencing large-scale displacement because of climate change.

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