A possie in Aussie

July 31, 2009

75 million climate refugees – and they don’t want to come to Australia

The ABC Frontline program reported this week that climate change could produce 75 million refugees in the Asia Pacific region in the next 40 years. 2. 75 million to flee climate change: report

The island nations of the Asia Pacific are in the front line of climate change –the Torres Strait and Pacific Island nations Tuvalu, Micronesia and Kiribati.

Aid agency Oxfam Australia and think-tank the Australia Institute  are calling on Australia as the region’s richest country and one of the world’s biggest polluters to make deep cuts to its greenhouse gas emissions right now.

Andrew Bartlett reports on a forum on the issue held this week in his Crikey blog The Frontline of Climate change: Pacific Island peoples

Andrew says that the staple diet of fish, coconuts and bananas are all under threat from climate change. 

But they don’t want to be refugees.

Ms Marstella Jack, the former Attorney-General of the Federated States of Micronesia, emphasised that her people don’t want to leave their islands, but they may not have any choice.

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