As the United Nations currently has no status for those who are Environmental Refugees, also known as Climate Refugees, our first goal is to inform people about this dire situation and to provide support for their recognition as a refugee population.
Secondly, we are committed to developing a coalition of organizations which will create and oversee aid and strategies for the most vulnerable residents on the most threatened islands. This coalition will be focused on long term solutions for relocating families who have lost their homes and way of life due to the impact of global climate change. While some countries have assisted in relocation, such as Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, the growing costs will soon become too much for individual countries to absorb.
This will be an historic effort, taking years and a concerted effort by the industrialized nations to prevent the potentially deadly outcome of Environmental Genocide.
Funding will be sought through both public grants through intergovernmental agencies, foundations and trusts, and through private donors.
PRAER will also focus on stressing the huge importance of immediate changes that individuals, businesses and governments must make to reduce carbon emissions. We support alternative energy sources such as wind and solar and the mass production of electric vehicles. We do not believe there is any such thing as "clean coal" or "safe" nuclear power.
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Sarah and Wade Norris are co-founders of PRAER and have both been
involved in organizing for social justice and political campaigns.
Sarah recently left the labor movement to work full time on PRAER. She has a degree in film studies and is currently working on a documentary on poverty and global solutions.
Wade Norris is a graduate of the Iliff School of Theology and has been an advocate and organizer for several progressive political campaigns and is a regular contributor to several high traffic political blog sites such as the Daily Kos. Wade is also the host of "Ultimate Politics" (currently on hiatus) a talk show focusing on politics and environmental awareness.
His guests have ranged from Alternative Energy advocates, such as Ron Lehr of the American Wind Energy Association, Richard Eidlin and Carmen Rhodes of the Apollo Alliance, Nancy La Placa of Energy Justice and Leslie Glustrom of Clean Energy Action as well as elected officials who are working to change U.S. energy production from fossil based fuels to Renewable and Green Energy sources.
Wade has been working to use traditional and alternative media to inform the public about the crisis citizens living on low level islands now face due to sea level rise and climate change.
Board of Directors
Richard Batemen is a climatologist who works at the NOAA and has been charting global weather patterns related to climate change.
Roberta Lonsdale is a business consultant and also is the serving secretary of PRAER.
Negin Sobhani - is an Iranian American who has wroked for the U.N. in Iran, and works on refugee cases from various regions, such as Darfur, Sudan.
Doug Vilsack is an Environmental lawyer and activist. He has worked in Ecuador alongside Ecuadorian lawyer Pablo Fajardo for the lawsuit against Chevron and has seen first hand the toxic environment left behind by the oil extraction process.
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