Seeking a disability lens within climate change migration discourses, policies and practices

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Bell, S. L.
Tabe, T.
Bell, S.

Title

Seeking a disability lens within climate change migration discourses, policies and practices

Date

2019

Journal

Disability & Society

Vol (No), pp

1-6

Abstract

Around 15% of the global population is estimated to live with disability. With the Millennium Development Goals failing to recognise disability issues, the Sustainable Development Goals seek to promote a stronger focus on the alleviation of poverty and inequality amongst disabled people. Since then, the vulnerability of disabled people has been highlighted within international climate change agreements. Yet a critical disability lens is largely lacking from broader aspects of climate change adaptation planning. Focusing primarily on examples from the Asia-Pacific region (a region including low-lying coastal areas and islands that are frequently highlighted as exemplars of communities on the front line of climate change), this article discusses the need to integrate critical insights from disability studies into current understandings of climate change adaptation and mobility if we are to facilitate more inclusive, democratic and equitable adaptation in the face of climate change.

Citation

Bell, S. L., Tabe, T., & Bell, S. (2019). Seeking a disability lens within climate change migration discourses, policies and practices. Disability & Society, 1-6. Available from: DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1655856.