Throughout humanity’s timeline, migration had always been a key component for settlers to find a permanent place to call home. Like all traveling creatures, they move from one location to another, searching for the right place with the right resources and conditions. It’s basically a facet of life, operating under the “keep on going” theme.
This can oftentimes carry on despite finding a permanent home, due to external factors or trouble brewing from within. These factors are highly damaging, and can even walk a fine line between matters of life and death. We’re already aware of the escalating human strife — embodied within all-out wars over territorial, ideological and tyrannical origins (to name a few). Looking at the news today, one would expect to see a surge of refugees fleeing from one troubled nation to seek sanctuary in another that is gracious enough to lend a helping hand. Anything to avoid going back where they came from, only to be greeted with misfortune.
Although the visible bulk of this misfortune stems from the cruel and ‘inhumane’ side of humanity, the exodus of displaced residents is also materializing from another threat — one that is not only on a constant rise but also may dwarf the threat posed by humanity itself.
Since 2010, the number of people displaced by climate change-related disasters has thus far risen to an estimated 21.5 million, according to data released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in April of this year. This figure is added by the possibility — according to the Australian think tank IEP — that at least 1.2 billion people may end up displaced by such disasters by 2050.
The ever-worsening natural disasters can ravage societies and communities in varying forms. Hotter seasons can deprive the people of access to water, and can even cripple the agriculture industry in one fell swoop. A season of near-perpetual storms and rainfall can cause structural and property damage, even going as far as to affect the community’s basic needs such as electricity. Surely, water would be of abundance here, but its mingling with impurities throughout the environment can also expose the community to outbreaks. The extremely cold season may make an area inhospitable to live in, forcing people to move to warmer areas. The list goes on, and…