Today, the House Natural Resource Committee held a forum titled ‘Confronting a Rising Tide’ where community leaders from the frontlines of the climate migration crisis were asked to share their stories. The voices of those who are experiencing the first and worst impacts of rising sea levels needs to be at the center of policy discussions on how to address the crisis. The panelists explained how their communities are being displaced. From Marshall Islands in the South Pacific to Alaska tribal communities to lose living in the Gulf South, forced displacement because of climate and energy impacts are happening today.
Honorable John M. Silk, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Deme Naquin of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw
Esau Sinnok, Arctic Youth Ambassador, U.S Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
Colette Pichon Battle, Director/Attorney, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
with closing remarks from, House Natural Resources Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva