Climate Migration Public Document

Climate migration is already a major issue world wide, and its scale and urgency will increase as the climate crisis unfolds, yet the topic is under addressed by governments, international bodies and non-profit organizations. The goal of this assignment is to have students in our class help to fill that gap.

Taking on this crucial issue you will create a public document, such as an international declaration of the United Nations, a policy statement from the White House, a manifesto from a particular group or organization, a charter for a governmental or non-governmental institution, a proposal for a set of national or international laws, or, with the professor's approval, any other "public document" addressing the topic of climate migrants / refugees. 

Your document should draw on reading from our class, your own research, and examination of other public documents of a similar nature - see the list below.  

Your document should be written in a public voice, and, in some measure, reflect the style/organization of documents typical of its type. Its content is, of course, up to you.  Most public documents include some kind of preamble or introduction and explicit or implicit objectives and outcomes.

Your document should show awareness of the history and trajectory of the problem, of past/present approaches, a plan for future and why the approach you put forward is necessary and just. Your document should be potentially helpful to governments, leaders, organizations, and citizens.

You are writing about one of the greatest issues human beings have faced. Show that you have a serious knowledge of the facts, history, politics,  rhetoric, theories, issues, and ethics in question.

Write in a powerful and clear public voice and use language that will appeal to and draw others to your approach. Be thoughtful, courageous, passionate, and visionary. Your document should be at least the equivalent of 5 double-spaced pages, more welcome.

Publish at Google Sites or Wix or some other accessible online site and take advantage of the online format to include links, images, etc. Provide the professor with a link so that a list of policy documents can created below. (Provide the URL as soon as you have it; I won't read it until it is officially "due.")

Documents to Draw On:

UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UN Human Rights, Climate Change, and Migration

UN High Commission on Refugees

UN 1951 Refugee Convention

Climate Refugees.org

Building Global Governance for "Climate Refugees"

People's Agreement of Cochabamba

A New Framework for US Leadership on Climate Migration

White House: Report on the Impact of Climate Change on Migration

The Climate and Environmental Charter for Humanitarian Organizations

Global Compact for Responsible Corporate Behavior on Climate Change

World Resources Institute: Responsible Corporate Advocacy on Climate Policy

UK Universities Climate Change Declarations

Documents Students Created:

Chloe Byron

Shelby Hoskins

Savanah Kaechele

Brooke Klusek

Shane Stadler

Sonny Vitello

Karli Boer

Elysa Bratic

Jackson Distrelrath

Amelia Dowswell

Mason Larva

Claudia Ligman

Alison Martin

Joe Staktowski

Created by: allen.webb@wmich.edu
Revised Date: 1/23