Climate One: Driving Forces: How Climate Fuels Human Migration (2/8/2020)

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Host: Greg Dalton

Guests:  Paul Salopek, Journalist and National Geographic Fellow; Dina Ionesco, Head of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division at the UN Migration Agency (IOM); Francesco Femia, Co-Founder, The Center for Climate and Security; Oscar Chacon, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Alianza Americas; Lauren Markham, Author, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life

From the first humans to venture out of Africa 60,000 years ago to the displaced refugees of today, migration has always been a part of human life. And in parts of the world where immediate threats include violence and poverty, climate change probably isn’t a driving motivation to leave home. But with erratic weather, extended droughts, and resource scarcity fueling political conflict and pressures on vulnerable rural livelihoods, it’s impossible to leave climate out of the conversation. How is climate change fueling the mass movement of humans around the world, and what does that mean for national security and economies?

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