I cannot help but feel the skeptics are merely running away from the work as this is a problem we best prepare for, since it is already happening now. Let us take the Kuna people who inhabit islands and have autonomous status from the mainland of Panama. They lead a communal lifestyle and have a distinct culture which does not include capitalist principles. Many of them do not have a high level of formal education from universities because it simply isn't needed for their way of life. They are now, due to rising sea levels, being forced to settle inland which may mean giving up their traditional way of life. The elderly are unlikely to adapt quickly to these new circumstance. How is the law going to ensure the protection of the Kuna people inland?
Second, we have a whole population like the Maldives who may need to be displaced within 10-20 years. Let's say Australia decides to accommodate the population of the Maldives, what laws will it apply to the Maldivian people? Will the territory be outlined within the country which will be essentially the new Maldives? Will they be given autonomy? What nationality will they hold? We need to figure it out now before the pressure of thousands of people start fleeing for their lives and the world reacts under pressure.
The question has to be what can young people do?
Ask those difficult questions!
Put pressure on governments!
Because when our leaders fail to lead, the people will make them follow- Kofi Annan (One Young World Summit 2014)