The Climate Crisis, Displacement, and the Right to Stay project area aims to connect demands for recognizing the rights of people displaced by the climate crisis and across international borders–through legal protections as climate refugees–to the transformational changes needed to materialize peoples’ rights to stay home and thrive within inclusive, just, and climate-resilient communities. This area of work entails compelling research tools, analyses, and recommendations that bring together impacted communities, civil society, and policy and lawmakers committed to an inclusive, just, and sustainable world. Projects span the topics of migration and the climate crisis; climate reparations; and global just transitions.
Forced Migration and the Climate Crisis
The Forced Migration and the Climate Crisis project area provides a conceptual framework for understanding contemporary drivers of forced migration–neoliberalization, securitization, and the climate crisis. It also supports improvements in local, national, and international refugee policy, and identifies research-based interventions to facilitate fairer refugee support mechanisms.
The Climate Reparations project area explores how civil society, policymakers, and other stakeholders across the globe can advocate for climate refugee protections in ways that support and are supported by the fights for climate reparations, and how the newly established “loss and damage” fund can be a vehicle for such joint efforts.
Global Just Transitions
The Global Just Transitions project area explores how governments and civil societies around the world are combating the drivers of the climate crisis, managing the impacts of the climate crisis, and forging strategies to build climate resilience, and it develops research-based tools to align the movement for climate reparations with such efforts.
In the Media
- Climate migration is here. Is Biden ready? (Climate Wire) | Sept. 29, 2021
- Climate Refugees: Climate-Fueled Drought, Sea Level Rise, Storms & Fires Displace Millions Worldwide (Democracy Now) | Dec. 13, 2019
- Why is Haiti so prone to natural disasters? (The Independent) | Aug. 20, 2021
- OBI Studies effects of climate change on displaced people (DailyCal) | Aug. 7, 2023
- UC Berkeley study calls for resources for climate refugees (KALW) | Aug. 1, 2023
- Uc Berkeley Researchers Call For Greater Climate Refugee Protections (SF Gate) | July 31, 2023