Refuge in a Changing World: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security

“If we do not change our negative attitudes toward climate change,we can count on worldwide disruptions in food production, resulting in mass migration,refugee crises and increased conflict over scarce natural resources like water and farmland. This is a recipe for major security problems.” ~Michael Franti

Dear friends,
Heartbreaking images are still emerging from the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, where devastating flooding has impacted 2.6 million people. Eighteen months ago, Category 5 Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in PuertoWorld Rico, leaving millions without power for months and causing many to relocate to the U.S. mainland. In November of 2018, 50,000 people were displaced by the massive Camp Fire which leveled the town of Paradise, California. Whether on the other side of the globe or right here in the Western United States, the frequency and severity of climate-related disasters, from droughts to wildfires to hurricanes, are increasing as global temperatures rise and impact human existence and security. It is estimated that one person is forced from their home by disaster every second!

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