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Climate Coloniality, Border Securitization and Climate Justice:

14 Mar 2024

From altering weather patterns in the form of more frequent and intense droughts, hurricanes, floods, storms and wildfires, to negative impacts on physical and mental health, to diminishing access to critical natural resources such as water and food supply, to the destruction of infrastructure, livelihoods and communities, the magnitude of the current and forthcoming effects of climate change shou. [...] Following that, I will detail the Canadian context, both in terms of Canada’s contribution to the climate crisis as well as the securitization of migration in the country to contextualize the discussion on Canada’s role in global climate displacement. [...] In Climate Change – Its Impact and Policy Implications, the text contends, “The factors that determine the safety and security of Canadians are interconnected, and weaknesses in policy areas…are intensified under climate stress, and can create direct and indirect challenges for the defence and security of Canada” (Library of Parliament, 2020, p. [...] For example, the publication on Canada’s role in the relationship between climate change and forced migration asserts, “Best estimates suggest that hundreds of millions of people could be on the move in the coming decades due to the impacts of climate change. [...] For example, Mayer (2017) outlines how the fear of mass arrivals of climate refugees into the Minority World contributed to obtaining widespread support for the initiation of negotiations in the UNFCCC Workstream on Loss and Damage, as addressing loss and damage was connected to the interest of states to avoid large movement of migrants.


Rahul Balasundaram

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