Colombia to recognize those displaced by climate change

Luis Cequeda and his family. Victims of erosion and high water levels in front of their home in Tacamocho, Colombia. Photo: Elmer Arrieta.

Ingrid Sánchez. Terra 360

Colombia. The Colombian Congress is discussing this week a bill that aims to recognize those displaced by climate change and mandates the creation of public policies that seek to compensate the damage that displaced individuals may suffer.

The bill defines displaced individuals as all those who have had to migrate from their place of habitation permanently or cyclically due to climate changes in their region.

In addition, a national registry of displaced people will be created and, if the law is approved, public policies to help the victims of climate change will be discussed.

The initiative was proposed by the congresswoman of the Liberal Party, Julia Miranda Londoño, together with Duvalier Sánchez and Wilmer Castellanos, in the context of the COP27.

According to the World Bank, by 205p there will be 216 million people displaced by climate change in the world; that is why the COP27 sought to address the issue from the discussion on “loss and damage” where various voices raised the need for countries responsible for climate change to provide money to nations that are suffering and do not have the resources to adapt.

In his electoral victory speech, the current president, Gustavo Petro, stated that he would demand environmental justice because, he questioned, the United States produces pollutants that are causing damage in the Colombian Amazon rainforest, so, he affirmed, climate policy will be one of the axes of his government.