Founded in 2008 by environmental refugee expert, Wade M. Norris, P.R.A.E.R. (Program to Relocate and Assist Environmental Refugees) is a Colorado founded non-profit to bring awareness and solutions to islanders living in island nations who are displaced (or at-risk of being displaced) from their homes due to climate change and rising sea levels.
"Islanders have the least to do with global warming, yet are paying for the cost of global warming now.'
- Wade M. Norris, Sept 2008, UN Speech
As the United Nations currently has no status (thus formalized program) to support Environmental Refugees, also known as Climate Refugees, we develop solutions (products and services) to assist the most vulnerable residents on the most threatened islands.
We also provide advocacy and a voice for these island nations by petitioning the UNHCR and Industrialized nations to recognize the legal status of those affected so that they may seek asylum as refugees.
To represent and support those most affected by climate change...who have ironically had the least to do with it.
Since 2008 we have been developing a coalition of organizations (NGO's, for profit and governmental) across the globe to help in the development of strategies and solutions (theological to geo-engineered) for the most vulnerable residents on the most threatened islands such as Kirabati, Marshall Islands and the Cartaret Islands. The documentary Sun Comes Up shows in-depth coverage of a group of Cartaret Islanders and the struggle they face with having to relocate their families from the island.
This coalition is 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.
Wade M. Norris is an 'environmental evangelist', speaker, consultant and pioneer in the area of environmental refugees. His company, Pouring Man Productions develops research, media and awareness related to water advocacy and conservation.
He has been doing research, writing, speaking and activism for environmental, climatic and ecological disasters for nearly 20 years and has a strong background in public policy. A huge advocate for islanders and the preservation of island nations, he is currently developing a line of geo-engineered solutions (products and services) to assist with large scale disaster mitigation and prevention.
Preservation of Natural Resources
Renewable energy solutions
Environmental disaster preparedness
Environmental Justice and/or Theology
shoni (at) andesbeat (dot) com
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