Climate change is a refugee issue too
Experts estimate that by 2050, between 50 million and 200 million people could be displaced because of climate change. But while that seems far off, climate displacement isn’t something out of a science fiction movie. It’s happening today.
Many residents of the Gulf Coast are still displaced from the storms of 2005, the most active hurricane year on record. And in January of this year, for the first time ever, the federal governmentallocated funds to relocate residents of Isle de Jean Charles, an island community in south Louisiana that will most likely be underwater in the next few decades due to the effects of climate change, sea level rise and other human-induced erosion.