Climate Change and Displacement
Every year millions of people are forced to leave their homes as a result of conflict and natural disasters. We are now witnessing the highest level of displacement on record; 79.5 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide (UNHCR, 2020).
Climate change is a key reason for the increase in displacement and is putting many millions more at risk of displacement in the future. At the same time, refugees and internally displaced people are affected by the climate crisis. In fact, they are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis as many displaced people live in fragile environments and/or climate change hot spots. The increase in population in these fragile environments leads to further environmental deterioration, which further aggravates the impact of climate change.
In the face of this complex issue we have chosen to focus on three key intersections:
1) Forcibly displaced people and their host communities
We wish to improve the lives of those forcibly displaced and help protect and restore the natural environment in which they live.
2) Returnees and the communities they return to
We wish to improve the lives of those who return after displacement and help protect and restore the natural environments of the places they return to.
3) People at acute risk of displacement
We wish to improve the lives of those at acute risk of displacement in ways that center on protecting or restoring their local environments.