23.9 million people migrated due to climate and weather-related disasters in 2019. Droughts, hurricanes, floods and sea level rise are all forcing people to move, right now. As the impacts of climate change worsen, more and more people will need to move, both within their own countries and across borders.
Many people, particularly governments in developed countries, are reluctant to engage with this issue. And the legal frameworks set up to assist asylum seekers are not suited to dealing with climate-related migration.
This spotlight series will examine how climate is reshaping patterns of migration, and join the dots between climate change and migration. We’ll get to grips with what’s going on, what the problems are, and what can be done to support and protect people who are displaced from their homes by the changing climate.
22nd April is Earth Day, and it marks 5 years since the Paris Climate Agreement. Action is being taken to mitigate, and adapt to, the future effects of climate change - but is it enough? In a series of blogs and webinars, we’ll reflect on the current situation facing millions across the world, forced to leave their homes due to the impacts of climate change, and explore what needs to change.
The collection of the articles was coordinated by our Climate Displacement Coordinator Annie Mellor.