Unit 12 Discussion Board
Please post your commentary on the Unit's recorded lecture viewing material. This can take the form of a detailed question, a detailed further thought or point of connection, or a relevant connection to current events. Your post should be well-thought-out, supported, and substantive. Posts deficient in the previous criteria will be marked down. Remember these posts are accessible/viewable to all course members.
Recorded lectures: “Displacement, Resettlement, & Climate Change” & “Enemies of Conservation”
Migration is part of what made humans successful in this survival. Displacement and resettlement have different reasons it can be due to natural or human-induced causes. For example, climate change which causes depletion of resources was the natural cause of migration, nowadays; however, climate change is a human-caused problem. It is important to understand the difference between migrants and refugees. If a person moves across the border of another country voluntarily they are called migrants, if they are moving internationally because they do not fill secure and safe in their counties, they are called refugees. For example, Syrians are refugees because of human-caused conflict. As the world globalizes more and natural and political issues are on the rise, the migration rate rises too. Thankfully, most people are migrants instead of refugees. As discussed before climate change is making forced migration more common. Climate change causes “slow violence” as it increases injustice between capable and rich and the opposite. Migrants also face challenges such as discrimination. Climate change increases the chances of violence, extremism, discrimination, rate of death, etc.
It is interesting that conservation has enemies, most of them attribute it to economic activity. It is odd that always indigenous people and minorities are the ones fighting for conservation rights (but are victims of conservation). Enemies of conservation, displace indigenous and powerless people, such as in the case of Maasai of Kenya. But conservation itself can be used to move out these ingenuous people from their homelands, and this becomes a more common thing, people displaced by conservation are called “conservation refugees”. Conservation refugees are displaced by force involuntarily, and ecological refugees are voluntarily abandoning their settlements because of desertification, badlands etc. Indigenous people and minorities are always the victims and are ecological and conservation refugees.