An Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) report determined that as many as 500 – 600 million people, nearly 10% of the planet’s population, may be displaced by Climate Change. There are already about 26 million who have been forced to move. That figure may grow to 150 million by 2050.
These are pretty astounding findings. Why isn’t everyone in the world getting extremely upset about this? It could be because in the richest countries, like the United States, people aren’t seeing very many climate refugees or climate disasters yet.
Every year about 300,000 people die because of Climate Change and it costs about $125 billion each year. We don’t hear much about that because almost all of these people are poor people in third world countries. Are we unconcerned about Climate Change because the people affected are poor and not white?
The EJF said that: ““Environmental stress caused by climate change is most affecting those communities and regions least able to adapt to change. Economically and socially disadvantaged and marginalized people will be worst affected. Developing countries stand to bear over nine-tenths of the climate change burden meaning, 98% of the seriously affected people and 99% of all deaths from weather-related disasters, along with over 90% of the total economic losses.”
The EJF reports that most of the climate refugees are internally displaced. That means that Most people will just move further inland to higher land when their coastal cities are flooded. There will be relatively few people trying to immigrate to other countries because of climate change. But some countries like Bangladesh have few places inside their country to avoid the floods.
“In Africa, an estimated 10 million people have migrated or been displaced over the last two decades mainly because of environmental degradation and desertification. The most widely cited figure for the number of ‘environmental refugees’ is 200 million people who could be forced from their homes by 2050, of which 150 million would be ‘climate refugees’.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/nov/03/global-warming-climate-refugees
So the question is how will these people eat? Here are some ideas on increasing food production. The Future of Farming: Eight Solutions For a Hungry World. http://www.popsci.com/environment/article/2009-07/8-farming-solution-help-stop-world-hunger
One of those solutions is using seawater to cool greenhouses and then condensing that humid air to create five times as much freshwater as you need to grow the food. earthrise – Saltwater Greenhouse 5:28 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ci91EymsSo
The World’s First Climate Refugees 4:22 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6QEDbI5zrg
Climate Change Is Happening. Here’s How We Adapt | Alice Bows-Larkin | TED Talks 14:23 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw01_q0cxM8
A simple and smart way to fix climate change | Dan Miller | TEDxOrangeCoast 16:31 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k2-SzlDGko
Growing Forests in the Desert 6:42 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK0nEV5dWBA
Sometimes the solutions are counterintuitive. Reversing deserts by massively INCREASING animal grazing? How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory 22:19 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI
Another counterintuitive idea seawater farming. COSCOMBE SEAWATER IRRIGATION PROJECT 16:58 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDXvZGuhs6U
Here is another way to feed the people of the future. Eat insects instead of meat. earthrise – Reforestation in the Sahara & Six-Legged Meat 24 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACUUIPE2Odw