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.
To celebrate the launch of the iconic "Save the Future" t-shirt at H&M, British fashion designer Katharine Hamnett talks about the campaign. Behind-the-scenes footage included.
With thanks to Marc Monserat and Nicolas Jaar.
There's No Place Like Home: Campaigning for environmental security and human rights
Each year, millions of people are forced from their homes and land by climate-related, natural disasters. Some of these people are displaced by sudden onset storms and flooding, others by longer term hazards such as drought and desertification. Most are from the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries. Many face an uncertain future, with nowhere to go and no means to survive.
EJF works to raise awareness and improve the well-being and welfare of these climate refugees. We campaign for a new, legally-binding instrument for their legal recognition, protection and assistance.
Help us get their voices heard
EJF’s Home Truths – the Climate Witness Network is working to connect people around the world, empowering them to start a dynamic conversation on climate change, providing a platform where people can share their thoughts, ideas and hopes. EJF is helping individuals and communities to document the issues that affect them, using photography and film to show what it is like to live on the frontline of climate change.
Published: 23 Apr 2013
Bringing Fishing Vessels out of the Shadows: EJF is taking action to highlight the urgent need for a Global Record of fishing vessels and the use of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number as a Unique Vessel Identifier (UVI).
Published: 09 Jul 2013
Keeping Illegal Fish out of Europe: Ensuring Success for the IUU Regulation: The IUU Regulation seeks to prevent illegally caught fish from reaching European markets.
Published: 29 May 2013
Sold to the Sea: Human Trafficking in Thailand's Fishing Industry: Sold to the Sea exposes human trafficking, labour and human rights abuses in Thailand's fishing industry.
Published: 12 Feb 2013
Poison Pesticides: The Urgent Need to Protect Our Pollinators: This report outlines the issues surrounding the dramatic decline in bee populations around the UK and the role neonicotinoid pesticides are thought to play in it.
Published: 11 Feb 2013
Transhipment at Sea: Briefing: In the briefing, EJF sets out the case for a ban on transhipment of fish at sea in West Africa as well as a ban on the entry of seafood from such transhipments into the European market.
Published: 06 Dec 2012
A Nation Under Threat: The impacts of climate change on human rights and forced migration in Bangladesh: The report explores how climate change has become one of the major challenges to the enjoyment of the basic rights to life, food, health, water, housing and self-determination in one of the World's most climate vulnerable countries.