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24 Nov 2015

Harsha Walia, social justice activist & writer, on TeleSUR

Why Migration Should Be Central to Paris COP21 Climate Talks

[D]evastation caused by climate change in places like Tuvalu…continues on with international impunity. Millions of people are treated as expendable as the land…that elites and their corporate friends are digging up and polluting…Over one-fifth of Tuvaluans have already been forced to flee… Two years ago…Typhoon Haiyan left 6,000 people dead and 4 million people were forced from their homes…survivors released an anniversary statement to the world: “…We must organize an escalated action…to pressure our own inept governments and the world’s top 200 corporate giants amassing wealth from carbon pollution and social exploitation …”… an average of 26.4 million people per year have been displaced from their homes due to environmental disasters... a proposal to support climate refugees has been dropped from the U.N. COP21… carbon markets continue to be one of the primary solutions proposed by government and corporate elites, even though they open up impoverished communities to…further displacement…[Also refers to Barrick Gold]

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Business & human rights at COP 21 Paris climate talks

Calls to focus on human rights in govt. & company actions