Defending the Planet Ep5: The Climate Refugee Crisis
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The Marshall Islands sit six feet above sea level. As oceans rise, this tiny nation-state in the Pacific Ocean is at the highest risk of being wiped off the map. Literally. Is a country still a country if it’s underwater? What happens to people if their homeland is no longer habitable? Where will they go? Will they be able to transfer their citizenship? Will their passports be valid? Migration of people as a result of climate change is happening already on almost every continent, and the challenge is presenting new legal questions on a nearly constant basis.
University Professor Michael W. Doyle and Ama Francis, non-resident fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, delve into climate migration with host Michael B. Gerrard and discuss how existing human rights law and international cooperation can protect people fleeing the destructive forces of climate change.
Environmental Law | Environmental Policy | Human Rights Law | International Law | Law
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Gerrard, Michael B.; Doyle, Michael W.; and Francis, Ama, "Defending the Planet Ep5: The Climate Refugee Crisis" (2021). Defending the Planet. 6.