Sophie Joseph (President of The Joseph Family Foundation) and Lucy Solomon (Director of The Joseph Family Foundation) sat down with Newsweek to discuss climate displacement and are seeking to raise awareness about forced migration due to climate change.
Over the past year, we've all seen the devastating images across America—and around the world—of people who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, to wildfires, hurricanes, or monsoon floods. While many of them can rebuild, others aren't, and are forced to pick-up, and leave.
They are the faces and stories of climate migration.
An estimated 1.2 billion people will be displaced by climate-related events by 2050. That means that in less than 30 years, more than 1 out of every 8 people will have lost their homes.
The world is moving quickly, and with it, people are moving too. While mobility may be increasing worldwide, the sad truth is that the majority of migrants today find themselves fleeing because they have to, whether it's due to violence, persecution, famine, poverty, or increasingly, climate catastrophes. When we say climate catastrophes, we don't just mean sporadic natural disasters. Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of storms, flooding, and droughts, as well as causing slower onset disasters like desertification and rising sea levels.
The article continues on Newsweek here.