After climate refugees had gone on the verge of becoming homeless, their situation was finally brought to public attention. The seas which keep rising, drought and heatwaves are all consequences of the global warming effect. After taking down the Isle de Jean Charles, the climate change’s wanted list continues. Osaka, Miami, Boston, Guangzhou, New York City and over 130 other cities situated on the coast are endangered due to the rise of the seas.
The ancestor of the tribe occupied the island more than 175 years ago after the oppression of the U.S. government. Despite it’s swampy appearance the tribe managed to make this place their home. Hardly reachable, the Isle de Jean Charles, 15 miles long and 3 miles wide, was based on the fishing industry. Nowadays it narrowed down to only a half-mile long and a quarter-mile wide, and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are still rising. The remaining 25 families face now a tough situation.
After 50 years of oil and natural gas extraction, pipeline building and other industrial activities that harmed the island, the islanders are now in danger to be wiped out by the first big storm. Chief Naquin is also concerned about losing their heritage and culture. Even though a grant will provide the tribe some help in finding a new place to live, things are not that simple.
According to the recent research, politicians are delaying or just ignoring important issues as climate change or the climate refugees who are on the verge of becoming homeless. Few of them take action and express their concern, as Sen.Sheldon does weekly but unfortunately, he and others like him are only heard but not listened to.
Moreover, there is enough proof that climate change is a serious concern. The rise of the sea waters, the burning heat, drought and many other issues which have rapidly turned into problems should convince politicians to bring their attention to the needs of others.
It is believed that if a part of the elected leaders, Congress legislators and others will start to refuse campaign help from the industry of fossil fuel, the world and the ecological system will be better preserved and the climate change will no longer be so dangerous.
People like the climate refugees will not be on the verge of becoming homeless anymore. Ideally, they won’t even be climate refugees but normal inhabitants of their homelands.
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