Protest Banner: Migration is a Human Right
Photo Credit: Chris Afuakwah

People have always moved, yet as the climate crisis worsens and the impacts on people in marginalised communities become more severe, more people are being forced to leave their homes. At the same time countries and corporations in the global north profit from the increased militarisation and proliferation of racist border policies. The securitisation of the climate crisis – where border policies are cast as ‘solution’ to the effects of climate breakdown – prevents climate action. It threatens and dehumanises people who move, people who have typically done the least to cause this crisis. The climate justice and migrant justice movements are coming together to fight this injustice, to support each other and build power together.

In collaboration with groups from both movements we are building the intersection between climate and migrant justice by facilitating solidarity at the national and local community levels of action and advocacy. We are organising around two key principles: the ‘right to stay’ – to defend communities from the impacts of climate change, and the ‘right to move’ – safely and with dignity, when staying is not possible or desirable. To do this we are building cross movement organising spaces, as well as delivering workshops, public events, and sharing resources on issues at the intersection. If you would like to get involved in any of this work, please email nick[at]waronwant[dot]org. For an introduction to the issues read our explainer ‘climate justice means migrant justice‘.

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