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Addressing Climate-Forced Displacement in the United States: A Just and Equitable Response
Droughts killing crops, wildfires blazing out of control each year, floods gaining in strength, permafrost melting beneath Arctic villages…the message of all these phenomena is clear: The climate crisis is already upon us.
And it is ravaging communities nationwide, disproportionately Indigenous Peoples and communities of color, who are losing their homes and livelihoods, and who are further disenfranchised through inadequate and inequitable public policy responses.
Within 100 days of President Biden’s term, his administration has made a monumental policy shift to address climate migration. However, the issue is still framed as a matter of international migration and national security. In truth, the vast majority of climate-forced displacement takes place within borders, and the United States is no exception. Our politicians have to take this threat seriously and follow the lead of communities already confronting these challenges on the ground.
Our coalition of community leaders, legal advocates, and researchers has developed a set of recommendations to guide policymakers. This document shows a path forward to address the already-present reality of climate-forced displacement, centering the leadership and self-determination of communities who are working each day to address the problem. Follow the links below to read the brief and learn more.
Solution 2: Make FEMA more equitable
Solution 5: Create a human rights governance framework
In addition to this policy recommendation to address climate-forced displacement in the United States, you can learn more about recommendations to the Biden administration to address climate, migration, and displacement abroad here.
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|Albert Naquin||Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw|
|Alessandra Jerolleman||Jacksonville State University / Lowlander Center|
|Amber Moulton||Unitarian Universalist Service Committee|
|Anjana Joshi||Southern Poverty Law Center|
|Aranzazu Lascurain||North Carolina State University|
|Catherine Hall||Williams-Mystic College|
|Chantel Comardelle||Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians of Louisiana|
|Chas Jones||Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians|
|Debra Butler||Five Colleges, Inc.|
|Elizabeth Marino||Oregon State University-Cascades|
|Fred Eningowuk||Shishmaref, Alaska|
|Itzel Flores Castillo Wang||Promesa Boyle Heights|
|Ivy Wang||Southern Poverty Law Center|
|Jacqueline Patterson||National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)|
|Joshua Leach||Unitarian Universalist Service Committee|
|Julia Guarino||Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, University of Colorado Law School|
|Julie Maldonado||Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN)|
|Katherine Egland||National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)|
|Kristina Peterson||Lowlander Center|
|Lesley Iaukea||University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa|
|Mike Givens||Unitarian Universalist Service Committee|
|Morris. J. Alexie||Native Village of Nunapitchuk, Alaska|
|Naomi Glassman-Majara||Earth Rights International|
|Nathan Jessee||Tulane University|
|Patrick Boyle||Earth Rights International|
|Patty Ferguson-Bohnee||Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe/Indian Law Clinic (Arizona State University)|
|Rachel Gore Freed||Unitarian Universalist Service Committee|
|Robin Bronen||Alaska Institute for Justice|
|Rosina Philippe||Grand Bayou Village, Atakapa-Ishak Chawasha Tribe|
|Salote Soqo||Unitarian Universalist Service Committee|
|Sarah Krakoff||University of Colorado Law School|
|Shirell Parfait-Dardar||Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw|
|Shirley Laska||Lowlander Center|
|Stanley Tom||Native Village of Newtok, Alaska|
|Theresa Dardar||Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe|
|Tom Neck||Native Village of Nunapitchuk, Alaska|