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Climate change, relocation and the distribution of responsibility : in search for Kiribati's strongest connection

Follin, Miriam LU (2015) MRSG31 20142
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
This essay addresses the needs of so called ‘climate migrants’. It focuses exclusively on the relocation of the population of Kiribati, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean whose very existence is threatened by the effects of climate change. With the principles of causality, morality, capacity and community, Miller’s Connection Theory provides the study with a framework for discussing the distribution of responsibility. The communitarian principle plays a key role in the essay’s attempt to identify a particular agent with remedial responsibility. Further, the essay aims to be specific and straight forward, and therefore avoids vague expressions such as “wealthy nations” or “richer countries” when addressing the agents who are... (More)
This essay addresses the needs of so called ‘climate migrants’. It focuses exclusively on the relocation of the population of Kiribati, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean whose very existence is threatened by the effects of climate change. With the principles of causality, morality, capacity and community, Miller’s Connection Theory provides the study with a framework for discussing the distribution of responsibility. The communitarian principle plays a key role in the essay’s attempt to identify a particular agent with remedial responsibility. Further, the essay aims to be specific and straight forward, and therefore avoids vague expressions such as “wealthy nations” or “richer countries” when addressing the agents who are responsible. As a result, three specific nations are assigned remedial responsibility. Furthermore, the aim of the study is not only to investigate how responsibility for climate migrants from Kiribati could be distributed, but also to provide insight on the usefulness of Miller’s theory. Along the lines of previous research, the essay suggests that the capacity principle should work as a threshold when responsible agents are considered. It further proposes a way of using the Connection Theory by restructuring it to suit particular cases, where moreveral principles could work together as a treshold. (Less)
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Follin, Miriam LU
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MRSG31 20142
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L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
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relocation, migration, climate change, Kiribati, Small Island Developing States, responsibility, the connection theory, Mänskliga rättigheter, Human rights
language
English
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5153700
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2015-04-29 11:04:33
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  abstract     = {This essay addresses the needs of so called ‘climate migrants’. It focuses exclusively on the relocation of the population of Kiribati, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean whose very existence is threatened by the effects of climate change. With the principles of causality, morality, capacity and community, Miller’s Connection Theory provides the study with a framework for discussing the distribution of responsibility. The communitarian principle plays a key role in the essay’s attempt to identify a particular agent with remedial responsibility. Further, the essay aims to be specific and straight forward, and therefore avoids vague expressions such as “wealthy nations” or “richer countries” when addressing the agents who are responsible. As a result, three specific nations are assigned remedial responsibility. Furthermore, the aim of the study is not only to investigate how responsibility for climate migrants from Kiribati could be distributed, but also to provide insight on the usefulness of Miller’s theory. Along the lines of previous research, the essay suggests that the capacity principle should work as a threshold when responsible agents are considered. It further proposes a way of using the Connection Theory by restructuring it to suit particular cases, where moreveral principles could work together as a treshold.},
  author       = {Follin, Miriam},
  keyword      = {relocation,migration,climate change,Kiribati,Small Island Developing States,responsibility,the connection theory,Mänskliga rättigheter,Human rights},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Climate change, relocation and the distribution of responsibility : in search for Kiribati's strongest connection},
  year         = {2015},
}