Global activists to tackle climate change driven migration

By staff writers
March 9, 2009

Advocates, activists and presenters from developing countries and across the United States will gather outside Washington, DC, this Friday (March 13) to examine the growing effects of climate change on poverty and migration worldwide.

It comes after a report by Christian Aid said that some 1 billion people could be forced from their homes by 2050 as climate change deepens an already huge global migration crisis.

Themed "Enough for All Creation," the seventh international Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference will include presentations, workshops and policy issue discussions exploring the connections between climate change, poverty and development, diminishing water resources, food supply and agriculture, and the forced migration of populations.

The keyote address will be given by Fr Sean McDonagh, a Catholic priest who has lived and worked in the Philippines for many years and who is regarded in the faith community as a leader on climate change, environmental justice, genetically engineered food and human rights.

Planners and participants hope to strengthen ways to bring about a world where the earth's abundant resources are ‘shared fairly and justly’.

The long weekend will be capped by the advocates' descending on Capitol Hill, on Monday March 16 to lobby lawmakers for effective US-based climate change legislation.

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