Floods. Droughts. Hurricanes. Tornados. Mudslides. Volcanic Eruptions. Tsunamis. These natural disasters seem to becoming more and more frequent and causing more and more harm to the towns, cities, states, and nations they affect.
Climate change. It’s a real issue. And it is a catalyst for more issues including migration.
It may be impossible to reverse climate change, however, failing to stop it will force tens of millions of people from their homes.
For example, the Middle East and Africa experienced the worst draught in 900 years. Many farmers lost their crops, their livestock, and the livelihood. Not all refugees from this area are fleeing from war, some are fleeing from climate change.
In contrast, the United States experienced many devastating hurricanes and floods this past year. Families lost their homes, businesses lost their offices, and people lost their loved ones.
Experts, statistics, and common sense are all in agreement–as the impacts of climate change increase, so too will the number of global refugees.
“What we are talking about here is an existential threat to our civilisation in the longer term,” said US Military Corps Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney. “In the short term, it carries all sorts of risks as well and it requires a human response on a scale that has never been achieved before.”
So what do we do?
The short answer–stop climate change. Much easier said than done. And can’t be done over night. In the meantime, countries have set up an initiative on climate risk insurance available in the most vulnerable areas of the world. This covers roughly 400 million individuals.
We continue to look for solutions to help end climate change and, therefore, limit climate change refugees.
You can read more about climate change refugees here.