Climate Change: Adaptation rather than regulation

The UK Guardian has an interesting video report entitled Climate Migration. The video shows the effects of climate change and the effect it is having on communities singling out people who live in the Maldives which is a island country off of the coast of India and Sri Lanka.

The footage alleges that climate change is spurning extreme weather events which result in higher sea levels that have pushed Maldivians out of their homes to the point where they have to move to locations with higher elevations. The Guardian has also discussed this before when it produced a report five years ago on the situation with two families struggling to survive.

The news report featured today reveals that Madivians are seeking to adapt in hopes of being able to remain in their homes in which changes to their island coast lines might make it possible but potentially vulnerable to waves from future storms. One scientist that was interviewed stated that many of the poor communities hit by extreme storms resulting from climate change don’t have support systems that make adaptation difficult.

The premise of this seems to imply that we should feel poor for people like Maldivians because they are displaced due to violent storms. But there have been many other instances of people driven out of their homelands due to changing weather or environmental conditions in the past. So, when taking into account the lessons of the past, what makes the Maldivian’s situation any different than other peoples who have had to change their circumstances? Humans can adapt to changing climate conditions like they have always done in centuries past and we can do it better because we have advanced technologically and culturally. The alarmists behind this video think we can in some ways be attempt to reinforce the idea that people should be able to stay where they are and want others to pay for it.

Humans do it all the time to survive and, while I am sorry that they may lose their homes, the rest of the developing world is not the Maldivians’ or any other developing country’s keeper. However, the idea that wealthy countries of the West are to be the support for poor country’s people’s mistakes and global bureaucracies (like the United Nations) reinforce this altruistic ethic, science is then developed to make humans as the cause of the Maldivian’s predicament to help back it up. How utterly disgusting!