Sailing the Waves on Our Own: Climate Change Migration, Self-Determination and the Carteret Islands
AbstractClimate change poses a significant threat to island communities’ right to self-determination and forces us to consider how this right can be upheld when people are displaced by climate change. The relocation of communities from the Carteret Islands illustrates the complexities surrounding the right to self-determination in cases of climate-induced migration. This article highlights some of the difficulties that the Carteret Islanders face in achieving self-determination, including land accessibility, environmental and cultural differences with the host community, governance and funding. As the right to self-determination is foundational for other human rights, it is important to consider how island communities can pursue their political, economic, social and cultural development when relocating because of climate change.
Authors who publish with this journal retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.Articles in this journal are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY). This is to achieve more legal certainty about what readers can do with published articles, and thus a wider dissemination and archiving, which in turn makes publishing with this journal more valuable for authors.