Climate Change Refugees

TitleClimate Change Refugees
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBoxall, SF, Funke, MB, Myers, GA, Watson, J
Date Published2016
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractAccording to the UN, approximately “22.5 million people [have been] displaced by climate or weather-related events since 2008.” It is predicted that by 2050, up to 200 million people from some of the most vulnerable communities around the world will be left homeless due to rising sea levels. But even today, coastal communities across the southern U.S., from the Gulf Coast to the Florida Keys, are responding to the devastating effects of increasingly common flooding. The Isle de Jean Charles is a small island off the coase of New Orleans whose residents are being asked to move their entire community to a new location, even as cities like New Orleans are dealing with flooding from climate change through pumps and levees.
NotesCase from the 2016 Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.   Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2016