Refugees and the Environment

As conflict in the Middle East produces more refugees and climate refugee numbers increase, the pressure for prevention of environmental degradation is more intense than ever.

Introduction

Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

Over the last few classes of the semester, climate change has been our focus but we have covered different aspects of it. We briefly touched on how homeowners can contribute to global warming and Merchants of Doubt covered some of the big business politics involved. There’s many groups affecting climate change, and being affected by climate change. In some cases, environmental changes due to global warming have even forced people to migrate, making them climate refugees. On the other hand, past refugee migrations have caused issues with natural resource allocation and environmental degradation, sometimes irreversibly impacting the environment. This project focuses on the relationship between refugees and the environment by exploring the impact refugees had on the environment in the past, how global warming has create climate refugees and what that means for the future. As conflict in the Middle East produces more refugees and climate refugee numbers increase,  the pressure for prevention of environmental degradation is more intense than ever.