Here come the climate change refugees – more social justice

March 26, 2010 04:59

Like clockwork, they have emerged from the wood: the first of what promises to be an ever increasing wave of Third World “climate change” refugees seeking asylum in the First World.

John Burtis at Canada Free Press writes:

The inhabitants of some islands in east Papua New Guinea have appealed for “funds to enable them to flee, find housing, receive job training, and to enable them to find the final home of their choice” and have expressed the hope that “decisions made by leaders at the forthcoming climate change negotiations in Copenhagen will offer them hope,” according to the Environment Times news outlet.

The implication of the appeal is that the industrialized world is responsible for “global warming” and that these nations are therefore obliged to take in yet another wave of “refugees” under the excuse of “man made climate change and industrialized pollutants and their climate impact.”

According to the Environment Times, the relocation effort is headed by Ursula Rakova, a Papua New Guinea islander who quit an executive position with Oxfam in Bougainville three years ago to set up Tulele Peisa, an organization that “raises money and campaigns for social justice on behalf of her people.”

Ms Rakova told an audience in Melbourne, Australia: “We have a feeling of anxiety, a feeling of uncertainty because we know that we will be losing our homes. It is our identity. It is our whole culture at stake.”

There is however no firm evidence that the land to which she refers, the Carteret Islands, are being affected by “climate change.” At the best of times, these islands are no more than four or five feet above sea level and are thus always prone to tidal movements, rogue waves, storms, tsunamis, and typhoons.

Even the Environment Times, which is slavishly pro-“climate change,” is forced to admit in its coverage of the “asylum” claim that “Probably (sic) due to climate change, the Carteret Islands in north east Papua New Guinea are being submerged by the sea. However, another suggestion is that tectonic movement may be causing the gradual subsidence of the atoll, or that nearby volcanic activity may also cause the islands’ settling.

“Historically other populated islands, for example Tuanaki in the Cook Islands, are known to have sunk entirely and relatively suddenly from causes that might be unrelated to rising sea levels.”

Nonetheless, the Environment Times continues to say that, “As a result, the people that live on these tiny atoll islands have unwillingly found themselves on the front line of climate change and dependent upon the success or failure of the UN’s climate negotiations in Copenhagen.”

The article goes on to point out that “one problem making their plight all the more pressing is the fact the 1951 Geneva Convention, does not protect environmental refugees, such as those displaced by climate change.


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