1st Edition

Global Views on Climate Relocation and Social Justice Navigating Retreat

Edited By Idowu Jola Ajibade, A.R. Siders Copyright 2022
    324 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume advances our understanding of climate relocation (or planned retreat), an emerging topic in the fields of climate adaptation and hazard risk, and provides a platform for alternative voices and views on the subject.

    As the effects of climate change become more severe and widespread, there is a growing conversation about when, where and how people will move. Climate relocation is a controversial adaptation strategy, yet the process can also offer opportunity and hope. This collection grapples with the environmental and social justice dimensions from multiple perspectives, with cases drawn from Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, South America, and North America. The contributions throughout present unique perspectives, including community organizations, adaptation practitioners, geographers, lawyers, and landscape architects, reflecting on the potential harms and opportunities of climate-induced relocation. Works of art, photos, and quotes from flood survivors are also included, placed between sections to remind the reader of the human element in the adaptation debate. Blending art – photography, poetry, sculpture – with practical reflections and scholarly analyses, this volume provides new insights on a debate that touches us all: how we will live in the future and where?

    Challenging readers’ pre-conceptions about planned retreat by juxtaposing different disciplines, lenses and media, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change, environmental migration and displacement, and environmental justice and equity.

    The Open Access version of chapter 1, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003141457, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.



    1. Navigating retreat: Global views on climate relocation and social justice: Introduction
    2. Idowu Jola Ajibade and A.R. Siders

      Part 1. Definitions and legal landscapes

    3. Rethinking process and reframing language for climate-induced relocation
    4. Kristin Baja

    5. The role of international governance to reduce maladaptive climate relocation
    6. Thea Dickinson and Ian Burton

    7. Charting a justice-based approach to planned climate relocation for the world’s refugees
    8. Laura E.R. Peters and Jamon Van Den Hoek

      Interlude 1: Origins of Limestone:

      Martha Lerski

      Part 2. Shifting lands, resistance and acceptance

    9. Breaking the borderscape: Migration, resettlement, and citizenship on the Anthropocene Brahmaputra
    10. Kevin Inks

    11. Losing ground: Rethinking land loss in the context of managed retreat
    12. Maggie Tsang and Isaac Stein

    13. Resistance, acceptance and misalignment of goals in climate-related resettlement in Malawi
    14. Hebe Nicholson

    15. Land is Life: A poem of the Philippines Lumad
    16. Nikki C.S. Dela Rosa

      Interlude 2: Flood experiences in the United States

      Anthropocene Alliance

      Interlude 3: Rock that Fell to Earth: Storm Series

      Martha Lerski

      Part 3. Navigating transitions

    17. Moving to higher ground: Planning for relocation as an adaptation strategy to climate change in the Fiji Islands
    18. Beatrice Ruggieri

    19. Voices of Arraigo: Redefining relocation for landslide-affected communities in the informal settlements of Bogota, Colombia
    20. Duvan H. López Meneses, Arabella Fraser, Sonia Hita Cañadas

    21. The climate crisis is a housing crisis: Without growth we cannot retreat
    22. Deborah Helaine Morris

    23. Voices of Ghoramora Island, India: The case for planned relocation
    24. Oana Stefancu

    25. The need for a resettlement pathway for Guyana’s vulnerable coastal communities
    26. Dina Khadija Benn

    27. Mobile livelihoods and adaptive social protection: Can migrant workers foster resilience to climate change?
    28. Haorui Wu and Catherine Bryan

    29. Identity and power: How cultural values inform decision-making in climate-based relocation
    30. Rachel Isacoff

      Interlude 4: Tool Sharpening, Martha Lerski

      Interlude 5: Untitled, 2013: Storm Series, Martha Lerski

      Part 4. Finding hope

    31. Voices of Enseada da Baleia: Emotions and feelings in a preventive and self-managed relocation
    32. Giovanna Gini, Erika Pires Ramos, Comunidade Enseada da Baleia

    33. Hope, community, and creating a future in the face of disaster
    34. Claire-Louise Vermande

      Interlude 6: Gratitude, Martha Lerski

      Part 5. Future directions

    35. Retreating from the waves
    36. Orrin H. Pilkey, Sarah Lipuma, Norma Longo

    37. Climate-induced relocation as a third wave of response to climate change
    38. Patrick Marchman

    39. Waves of grief and anger: Communicating through the "End of the World" as we knew it

              Susanne C. Moser

              Interlude 7: Dialogue of the Shattered, Martha Lerski



    Idowu Jola Ajibade is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Portland State University.

    A.R. Siders is an assistant professor in the Disaster Research Center, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, and Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware.