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Climate Change and Human Rights Law School Course Goes Digital

DS Designs World's First HLP Restitution SmartPhone App

We Are All Climate Displaced Persons

Two Amazing Guests on Two New Podcasts - Listen Now!

Climate Change and Human Rights Law School Course Goes Digital

DS Director Scott Leckie recently completed teaching his popular law school course at Monash Law School in Melbourne on Climate Change and Human Rights (LAW5454), this time using Zoom. After some initial reluctance to teach a complex law course using Zoom because of the COVD-19 lockdown, after a few minutes all was well and the two-week course was a pure joy to teach - great and clearly dedicated students always makes a big difference! If you would like to have Scott teach this course at your law school or as an undergraduate course, please contact us anytime at info@displacementsolutions.org to discuss possibilities. This is the world's first law school course on climate change and human rights, and has been taught by Scott at various leading law schools since 2007 when he first designed and presented the course in Australia....
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DS Designs World's First HLP Restitution SmartPhone App

DS and our partners Tech Solutions Human Rights (www.tshr.io) continue our collaborative work on developing a Mobile phone App which will, for the first time, enable any refugee or IDP with outstanding or unresolved housing, land or property restitution issues to formulate a claim through use of the My Home App ©. The My Home App © will link to a secure database which will enable your organisation to run custom data analytics that could be used for both qualitative and quantitative advocacy. The design of the data system enables users to gain meaningful insight without having to have a background in IT. We are continuing this work that has been underway since 2018 and we are currently seeking partners to work with us to bring the My Home App © into use. If your UN agency, government or other organisation would be interested in working with us to make the My Home App © functional, please be in touch - info@displacementsolutions.org.     ...
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We Are All Climate Displaced Persons

DS Director Scott Leckie led an online workshop hosted by the Centre for Local Prosperity entitled 'We are all Climate Displaced Persons' on 27 May, 2020 as part of the the 2020 Pandemic and Climate Crisis, and the Uncertain Future of Local Prosperity Virtual Thinkers Lodge Retreat. You can watch a short film about the workshop here: https://youtu.be/Gla-sUjxkq8 In the spirit of previous in-depth retreats at the Thinkers Lodge, Pugwash, Nova Scotia (Canada) the Centre for Local Prosperity convenes virtual discussions with international, regional and local thought leaders on topics that include: shifting the community narrative for adaptability and future agency; climate grief and spirituality as motivation for engagement and action; restorative food, power, built environment, local governance and local economics. In this session, Thinkers discuss how we can create regional places or networks that act as refuges for climate displaced persons, coming from both within our region and internationally. Atlantic Canada could be considered a refugee area for humanity because we have natural resources, we have fresh water, we have a reasonable climate and we have a relatively low population density. We have everything that humanity needs. This video was adapted from the virtual discussion 'We are all Climate…...
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Two Amazing Guests on Two New Podcasts - Listen Now!

Please have a listen to Episodes 24 and 25 of the podcast Jointly Venturing - Let's Talk World Citizenship hosted by DS Director and Founder, Scott Leckie. In Episode 24 we speak with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Cecelia Jimenez-Damary, about her extraordinary efforts to assist the growing IDP populations scattered across the planet. In Episode 25, which has just been released, we speak with the world's leading judge responsible for some of the most important climate change cases to reach courtrooms to date, New Zealander Bruce Burson. Please tune in here to have a listen - https://soundcloud.com/user-893508577, as well as iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Apple Podcasts. Better yet, subscribe, follow and write a review - it really helps! Episode 26 will be recorded this week where we host the world renowned 'Dictator Hunter', Reed Brody. Be sure to tune in!...
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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…

AFTER THE QUAKE

In 2015, Nepal was struck by a major earthquake that resulted in widespread death, destruction and displacement in 31 of Nepal’s 75 districts. Large-scale displacement ensued and with more than 900,000 homes damaged or destroyed. This short film looks at how the needs of Nepal’s people were addressed in the aftermath of this horrible natural disaster.

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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