Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Millennium Challenge: Climate Change forcing Billions to migrate by 2050!

Climate change and subsequent desertification and civil unrest is likely to force billions of people to migrate from their habitat searching for peace and livelihood that their current ecology has denied them.

This is going to be the fundamental challenge of the current and future generations.
The recent Christian Aide report entitled "Human Tide" clearly shows the impending challenge.

The report reads as though it is directly taken from the Apolcalyptic books of the Bible and clearly shows we are in those last days where the increasing challenges of the globe are going to manifest in ecological changes and the corresponding human behavior challenges to match the environmental catastrophies.

This is a time to act and we cannot wait for more evidence to overwhelm us. Please read on the attached article for further informati0n.

The Sahara Desert is expanding in the tropics as the Glacial mountains are crumbling and melting away in the poles. This is what is termed as catastrophic global warming!

Belai Habte-Jesus, MD, MPH
Global Strategic Enterprises, Inc.
Partners for Peace and Proseprity

sThe effects of climate change on children and the developing world (17/05/07)

More than a billion people – one in seven people on earth today – could be forced from their homes between now and 2050 if climate change worsens.

Climate change is likely to lead to expanding deserts which in turn could mean more forced migration

Stark analysis
This is the stark analysis of UK development charity, Christian Aid, whose latest report - based on UN population and climate change figures - says that conflict, large-scale development projects and widespread environmental deterioration "will combine to make life unsupportable for hundreds of millions of people, mostly in the Sahara belt, south Asia and the Middle East".

The report, Human Tide: The Real Migration Crisis, published to mark this year's Christian Aid Week held from 13 - 19 May, warns that the world is now facing mass migration which will probably exceed that seen at the end of the Second World War.

Forced migration an urgent threat
Lead author, John Davison, says that "forced migration is now the most urgent threat facing poor people in the developing world."

According to the report over 155 million people are already displaced by conflict, disaster and large-scale projects. The vast majority of future migrants will be from the world's poorest countries, says the report, which advocates "urgent action by the world community if the worst effects of this crisis are to be averted".

Increased floods and droughts
The charity argues that effects such as increased floods and droughts and a growth in areas infested by malaria-carrying mosquitoes, could cause a huge rise in deaths.

Most of the people like to be displaced will have to remain in their own countries, the report says, "often at the mercy of the very governments which caused them to flee in the first place".

No rights under international law
The report's authors argue that these internal displaced persons have no rights under international law and no official voice. "Their living conditions are likely to be desperate and in many cases their lives will be in danger".

Effects on children
A report published recently by Save the Children, another UK development charity, is particularly concerned about the effect of climate change on children. They will be hit hardest by increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters, the report, Legacy of Disasters, says.

Already in any emergency, half of all those affected are children, says the charity. Over the next decade it estimates that up to 175 million children every year will be affected by climate-related natural disasters.

Few adequate warning systems
"Millions more people will be killed, forced to flee their homes and put at risk from hunger, diseases and physical or sexual abuse", the report argues.

Countries where there are few adequate warning systems are likely to be most affected by slow-moving disasters like temperature extremes, desertification and a rise in sea level, all brought about by climate change.

Children bearing the brunt
Jasmine Whitbread, Save the Children's UK's Chief Executive, said that "children are already bearing the brunt of climate change and there will be millions more children caught up in climate change natural disasters".

For details of both reports visit the charities' websites.

Related links
Christian Aid
Save the Children: Legacy of Disasters Report
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