Let us politicians discuss Marshall Islands' emigrant crisis inside the Parliament Building of Majuro.
With the amount of Marshall Islands' migrant population devastatingly increasing, to decrease this amount we the government must first understand what is pushing our citizens to leave.
The environmental impacts being mostly caused by global warming, have with no doubt been one of the main reasons why the U.S has received a third of our nation as refugees.
With the Marshall Islands having a mean height of only 0 meters, the sea level rising (approximately 3.3mm annually) has made the homes of the Marshallese much more prone to natural disasters. The are most often devastating and to an extent almost floods.
Back in 2015, flooding here in Majuro (the capital of the Marshall Islands), severe flooding caused damage to various properties such as even local schools, forcing kids to evacuate their vital education, with luckily no fatalities.
Other than the flooding having also caused poor infrastructure such as major roads being unable to drive, 800 people had to be evacuated from their homes and stayed in temporary accommodation.
Nonetheless, due to global warming causing a change in rainfall pattern, the Marshallese have also suffered from various droughts and additional floods. These are extensively affecting the fresh drinking water, sewage and agriculture.
Global warming, which causes an increase in the ocean's temperature has also affected a vast amount of the corals surrounding the Marshall Islands. While the corals die also known as coral bleaching, all marine life throughout the oceans is affected.
If coral bleaching continues to rapidly spread throughout the islands, the Marshallese can possibly run out of much of their food. One of the main providers for their food, being most species of fish and invertebrates rely on the corals for food and shelter. Yet when the reefs splendid with coral die, all other marine life dependent on it will quickly disappear as well. The result is a great reduction in the availability of fish for food.
If the global temperature continues to rise by 1.5° Celcius, Marshall Islands will disappear.
Diving famously being one of Marshall Islands' main forms of tourism, has recently due to coral bleaching been declining in numbers. Tourism is essential for the Marshallese since this has a great effect on their income.
With our unemployment rate being at around 40 percent, elder people have excessively struggled to try to find jobs which do not need skilled young adult workers. It has also become more common for occasionally schools and even hospitals to lack teachers and doctors. Medical care in the Marshall Islands has recently also become scarce, with hospitals not even having basic care such as cancer or kidney care.
Although our political status has been very stable with recently no corrupt governments, this can not hold up to our economy, which has and is currently drastically impacted by global warming.