Immigration, Emigration, and the Environment
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Immigration: the movement of non-native people into a country in order to settle there;
Emigration: to leave one place, country or region, especially of native origin, to settle in another.
It is only man made or natural catastrophe that could compel a large group of people to pack up and leave a settlement that could be 100 or 1000 years old. War, famine, flooding, sea waters rising to contaminate water supply, over population; we have all of these today and the planet is witnessing a mass migration of refugees all over the globe, more than ever in written history or archaeological reference.
Instead of showing the miserable effects of refugee settlements, I will show what happens to a pristine open space when it is visited by really happy people without a care in the world. Witness, please, our beloved Woodstock 1969 when only a half million people showed up!!
Remember, this is what happens when a half million healthy people are having fun! What about when war and climate change uproot millions? This is not intended to depress you, but to make you THINK. Let’s get organized, be PROACTIVE!! and wear something provocative to shout your cause!!
Or, if you’re in a metropolitan area and want to stir things up, you can find something like this Diane von Furstenberg original from a secondhand boutique on Santa Monica Blvd. It was $42 and most likely sold new for around $250.
How do I know it’s an original?
Below is plenty to read on why and where the mass migrations are making their mark. The catastrophe can be turned around if we collectively agree and act! And while we’re busy making our case, let us honor our Statue of Liberty and welcome the huddled masses. Unless you are a Native American (Indian), please do not call for a halt to immigration. It makes you look ignorant.
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_migrant (scroll to “enumeration”) (“asia and the pacific” The New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal and the High Court, “there is a complex inter-relationship between natural disasters, environmental degradation and human vulnerability. …“)
2. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/immigrations-effect-on-evironment/ why are they leaving home and what resources do they need in their new place?
3. http://www.futuredirections.org.au/publications/indian-ocean/2001-factors-influencing-migration-and-population-movements.html Ecological Factors: Climate Disruption Exacerbates Other Forces [i.e. mass migrations] – See more at: http://www.futuredirections.org.au/publications/indian-ocean/2001-factors-influencing-migration-and-population-movements.html#sthash.lyCwyeyv.dpuf
4.http://coastalclimatewiki.org/SaltwaterIntrusionAquiferContamination.ashx Already happening ~ http://www.theguardian.com/vital-signs/2014/sep/15/climate-change-refugees-un-storms-natural-disasters-sea-levels-environment