The Climate Dispossessed

Bridget Williams Books

The world is heating up beyond the capacity of some countries to cope. Entire populations of Pacific Islands are at risk, jeopardising the sovereign rights of these countries and the security of the region. This book explores what a just response to climate change displacement in the Pacific could look like. It’s a difficult conversation. For many Pacific Islands, talking about plans to abandon their country risks providing the international community with an excuse to not reduce emissions. Yet climate change displacement cannot be avoided and the enormity of this dispossession presents profound questions of life, identity and justice.

Author information: Teall Crossen is a Senior Solicitor for the New Zealand Department of Conservation, advising on resource management, wildlife, conservation and international law. She completed her master of law degree at the University of Calgary (Canada) with a thesis on the subject of responding to global warming.