Climate migrants in 2025?

Friday, 22nd July

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Sandro Botticelli’s vision of Dante’s Inferno, Canto XVIII

• FOR those suffering from the vagaries of extreme weather the phrase “green and pleasant land” must seem an overwhelmingly inviting prospect, if in particular they are living in unbearable heat under dangerous tinderbox conditions.

It would be naïve not to believe then that with hope dwindling of taming the juggernaut of climate change, a reverse trend of climate migrants to cooler climes will eventually spearhead an exodus to prime destinations such as our green and pleasant land with the added advantage of English being the spoken language beckoning hither.

In such an eventuality will climate migrants – the majority of whom are bound to be from affluent, developed countries – be accorded the status of entities in their own right and should the government be generous to a fault if the trickle leads to a flow even if all nations have been complicit in the degradation of this planet?

Dante’s Inferno (The Divine Comedy) may not conform to the proverbial vision of hell, yet allegorically Canto XVIII of his magnum opus reflects the living hell wrought by Machiavellian politics, catastrophic climate disasters, economic turmoil and the scorched earth policies of war­mongering nations.

If only we’d paid more attention to Zager and Evans’ apocalyptic harbinger: “In the year 2525…” Make that 2025.

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