RPCV4EA: Nations of Water: virtual screening, discussion, and action on law and climate-induced migration in the Pacific

Date : April 21, 2024 7:00 pm To April 21, 2024 8:30 pm

Event Details

Join this Zoom meeting to attend: https://ucincinnati.zoom.us/j/6414163941

Who: RPCVs4EA, CCL Inclusion, NPCA, and anyone interested!

What: Nations of Water: Virtual screening, discussion, and action on law and climate-induced migration in the Pacific.

When: April 21st, 7 pm EDT

Where: https://ucincinnati.zoom.us/j/6414163941

Why: To amplify awareness surrounding climate-induced migration in the Pacific region and its far-reaching implications on establishing viable legal migration channels to nations across the globe.

Movie Summary:

Nations of Water is a documentary film born in the framework of a wider academic project. The project aims to create a network on law and climate-induced migration in the Pacific. The audiovisual production is intended for a wide audience, but for law students worldwide, for whom it is made available as an educational tool, complemented by the online resources on this site: https://nationsofwater.unc.nc/resources/bibliography/.

The university initiative behind it starts from an observation: positive law is only marginally adapted to the situation of people who must flee the consequences of climate change, a phenomenon that Pacific islands are facing on the frontline in a region where there is no regional system of human rights protection. The complexity of the issues raised also stems from the human and political context that lawyers-in-training must consider when analyzing these aspects. While the nations of Oceania are particularly affected by erosion, flooding, soil salinization, and the increased frequency of extreme weather events, they are not passive. They are voicing the desire of thousands of people struggling to stay on their land by anticipating displacement scenarios and actively contributing to developing solutions. Legal instruments can be adapted, understood comprehensively, and utilized creatively to better protect impacted people, communities, and nations.

These reflections have led to an incredible human adventure in which many contributors, experts, academics, field leaders, and members of international organizations from Australia, Hawai’i, Kiribati, Niue, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu… have participated. They could also be illustrated thanks to the collaboration of Lynn Englum, a researcher committed to the fight against climate change whose project, Vanishing Places, has brought back precious images of territories, communities, and ecosystems directly threatened.

Action: US Legislation – Climate Displaced Persons Act (HR6455/S3340) quick send link: https://www.congressweb.com/NPCA/71/

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