Stories of Migrants in Australia Adapting to Climate Change

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The ABC article features exciting stories of migrants adapting to climate change in Australia.  Migrants are no stranger to adaptation, but the climate change challenges them to adapt again.

It features actions these migrants are doing to build resilience from climate change and help reduce emissions. These actions should serve as examples and lessons for the rest of us, migrants and locals alike.

The Yang family

These inspiring migrant stories feature the Yang family who made it their mission to recycle and reduce plastic waste. Ms. Yang’s parents are living with them and are helping with the motel business that the family owns and operates.

Installing solar panels have cut their monthly bills significantly, which also helps to pay off initial investment on the solar panel. Ms. Yang’s mother is passionate about being sustainable, a trait she acquired and brought with her from China. They grew up with a lack of food.

Mrs Yang raises chickens in the summer and uses its manure to fertilise her lush vegetable garden. For the Yang family adapting to climate change means building resilience and becoming sustainable.

Manjot Kaur

Manjot Kaur is a student in Sydney and migrated with her family from India. Her active participation in climate advocacies in school and community has inspired her parents, and now they are supporting her advocacy and has even bought a hybrid vehicle.

Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen is a Vietnamese-born bakery owner from Melbourne who refuses to buy food that has travelled from long distances. Instead, she took advantage of the community gardens to grow her food and preserving it. The IPCC has been urging countries to tackle their food waste to bring down emissions, and by growing her food, Kim is helping reduce GHG emissions.

Abdul Bhuiyan

Abdul Bhuiyan migrated from Bangladesh in 2008 to escape the natural disasters back home only to encounter the deadly bushfires in Australia.

The deadliest happened in 2019. Abdul, who grows a garden, says that the heat had damaged his crop. When we witnessed the last drought and bushfire events, we realised we are not safe anywhere from the effects of climate change,” Abdul says.

To read more stories of migrants in Australia adapting to climate change and their inspiring efforts to help reduce emissions, click on the link below:

Citation Source:

Planting seeds of change. (2020 August 29). ABC news. Retrieved from

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