Jaliakhali was badly affected by Cyclone Aila in 2009, and this footage (shot approximately 18 months after the cyclone hit) shows how the area had still not recovered from this extreme weather event. While the tidal patterns themselves are unchanged, with the embankment damaged by Aila, the village now floods with every high tide, illustrating the vulnerability that coastal and riverine communities are forced to live with. Most of the homes, temples, and schools have been destroyed. The local bazaar disappeared, too. Constant flooding has made the soil infertile. Most of the villagers now live in makeshift shelters on what little areas of raised ground remain, and unemployment and lack of food are becoming major problems for residents.
The residents of this village who have been forced to migrate join millions of others around the world, displaced from their homes and land by declining environmental conditions. There are now more people displaced by climate-related natural hazards each year than there are refugees fleeing persecution or conflict. The numbers will increase as the negative impacts of climate change become increasingly apparent with extreme weather events including hurricanes and cyclones becoming more dangerous, flooding and drought becoming more frequent and longer-lasting, and sea levels rising.
In many of the world's poorest countries, its impacts already undermine people’s right to life, health, food, water, housing and self-determination. Where the impacts are felt most acutely, the only way to survive is to move. Today, these climate refugees outnumber refugees fleeing persecution and violence by three to one.
EJF works to raise awareness of this humanitarian crisis and ensure the well-being and welfare of those affected. We campaign for a new, legally-binding instrument for their legal recognition, protection and assistance.
In Bangladesh, more than 80% of the population survive on less than $2 a day. The "multiplier effect" of climate change stands to push people deeper into poverty, undermining progress on development and even threatening regional stability.
In this short film, EJF explains how climate change is having a profound human impact on one of the world's poorest countries.
This award-winning film by EJF documents how at the forefront of global cotton production, Uzbekistan's human rights and environmental record lags far behind the rest of the world.
Climate change and migration: Forced displacement, ‘climate refugees’ and the need for a new legal instrument: Climate change has a range of implications for human rights.
White Gold: Uzbekistan, a Slave Nation for Our Cotton?: The report summarises information provided by independent journalists and human rights activists on the conditions under which the Uzbek cotton industry operates.
Slave Nation: This report reveals how the Government of Uzbekistan continues to lie to the international community while routinely compelling hundreds of thousands of children as labourers in the country’s annual cotton harvest.
All At Sea: This report documents how individuals working on pirate fishing vessels can be subject to excessive working hours, incarceration, and physical abuse up to and including murder.
Lowering the Flag: This report from 2010 investigates the use of flags of convenience by pirate fishing vessels and advocates for the end of this widespread practice that is 'the scourge of today's maritime world'.
Somebody Knows: A must-read for all retailers and brands keen to understand why knowing where their cotton comes from is so important, and how they can go about tracking and tracing this seemingly complex supply chain.