The very real impact of climate change on the Sundarbans and its people provides a clear example of the effects being felt by already-impoverished communities around the world.
Sue Willman, Assistant Director of King's Legal Clinic, is leading the project: “We've chosen the Sundarbans because it's a compelling example of how our reliance on fossil fuels, in general, is having an adverse effect on certain communities.
“From a UK perspective, the impact of climate change might seem remote, but if you are in the Sundarbans your traditional way of earning a living, through agriculture or fishing, may already be unsustainable. You may already have been forced to abandon the land your family has farmed for generations. You might need to leave the area entirely – we are already seeing climate refugees, with families leaving the Sundarbans to move into crowded flats in cities like Kolkata, to work in factories and low-paid jobs.
“Through this project, we can highlight these direct impacts of climate change to people in the UK.”