As the fear of climate change reaches hysteric levels, the government and media are suggesting that Canadians must accept “climate refugees” in the future.
The United Nations admits that a climate refugee “does not exist in international law” but many activists claim the term refers to a person who will be forced to flee their homes due to the adverse effects of the earth’s changing climate.
Millions of people around the world already live in climates that are difficult for human habitation such as deserts and mountains, yet these people could now come to Canada as refugees on that fact alone.
Though no official climate refugees exist at this moment, the idea has been floated as a serious policy by the CBC.
“With the changing climate, there will be areas in the country, previously considered unlivable, that may become more temperate. Some suggest this puts Canada in the unique position of being able to accept those who have been pushed out of their homes due to climate change-related conditions: Climate refugees,” a CBC journalist wrote in June.
Even by the most alarmist predictions, Canada’s climate would only increase by a fraction of a degree over the next few decades, making the above scenario far-fetched in this century.
It is also a well-documented fact that the overwhelming majority of new immigrants to Canada settle in just a few already over-congested cities. Next to no one moves to the North.
The current media narrative on climate refugees suggests that Canada should be responsible for welcoming so-called climate change refugees, despite the fact that Canada’s C02 emissions only make up 1.6% of global emissions.
This narrative is also supported by government and international bodies. A federal report called “Climate Change and Forced Migration: Canada’s Role” enforces the same ideas.
“Best estimates suggest that hundreds of millions of people could be on the move in the coming decades due to the impacts of climate change. Canada has an opportunity now to plan an orderly and effective response to the coming crisis,” the report reads.
This vision aligns with open border activists, like The Century Initiative or the radical anarchist group No One Is Illegal, who call for Canada to actively grow its population through immigration to 100 million people.
With the definition of climate refugee not legally recognized, who is and is not a climate refugee will be entirely up to interpretation.
In theory, anyone who feels inconvenienced by climate change could attempt to claim refugee status in Canada.