The future you fear is already here
Glasgow / Scotland’s focus for the Summer Uprising is:
SOLIDARITY WITH CLIMATE REFUGEES
Climate crisis and ecological breakdown are not distant threats: all around the world people are already dying and being displaced.The world’s most vulnerable communities will, and already are suffering disproportionately from the effects of climate and ecological breakdown. Especially at risk are the poor forced to live on precarious, disaster-prone land, and those living in coastal areas and on small islands threatened by rising sea levels.
Desertification in Mali, flooding and storm surges in Bangladesh, hurricanes in the Caribbean, frequent wildfires in Australia, deforestation in Brazil, rising sea levels in Polynesia, food shortages leading to civil war in Libya – these disasters, driven by human consumption, are killing thousands and displacing millions.
68% of all recent major extreme weather events were made more likely or more severe by human-caused climate change.
In 2017, there were 18.8 million people displaced due to disasters and climate-related events; 8.6 million people lost their homes due to floods, 7.5 million due to storms, and 1.3 million due to droughts.
By 2050 climate change will displace 200 million refugees, doubling the number of migrants worldwide.
100 corporations are responsible for 71% of the world’s historical carbon emissions. The vast majority of these corporations concentrate wealth in developed countries after extracting value and resources from countries in the Global South, exacerbating communities’ vulnerability to climate change.
Climate refugees rarely receive formal refugee status or statutory protection, leaving them exposed to draconian policies such as the UK government’s infamous ‘hostile environment’.
We act in solidarity with the displaced and the suffering, who bear the overwhelming burden of a planetary crisis that they hold relatively little responsibility for and have few resources to cope with.
As a pioneer and early adopter of the fossil fuel economy, Scotland holds disproportionate responsibility for these crises. We have an opportunity to be world leaders again by taking radical action to mitigate the worst effects of climate change and to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations. For many around the world the future we fear is already here. We need to act now.