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Climate Change Relocation Destroys Social Structures

Climate induced migration like other factors is one worry that is on the minds of Pacific Islanders. This has been the topic at several discussions at the COP23 in Bonn, Germany.

When people are relocated as a result of climate change, their social structures is lost and they start to lose their traditional skills, knowledge and way of life as reiterated by Reverend Tafue Lusama from the Church of Tuvalu and Frances Namoumou from the Pacific Conference of Churches whilst speaking at the Climate Induced Migration in the Pacific at COP23.

Reverend Tafue highlighted that this is a contributing factor to the high risk of people losing their identity as relocation means they are being uprooted from their spiritual and cultural roots.

Emphasis was also placed on the fact that there is no international convention on the protection of the rights of people who are forced to move as a result of climate change.

Pacific Island states as well as the global society are facing the effects of climate change and according to Reverend Tafue, climate change loss and damage can never be compensated with money and there is an urgent need now for global action to mitigate these impacts.

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