FP Virtual Dialogue: Addressing the Root Causes of Climate Migration
Investing in climate resistant solutions
The climate is changing at an unprecedented pace, with often devastating impacts on communities around the world. Sudden-onset events like storms, droughts, and wildfires are occurring with increased intensity and frequency. At the same time, more gradual changes—including sea level rise, hotter temperatures, salinization, and desertification—are threatening livelihoods and contributing to conflict. By 2050, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia will generate an estimated 143 million more climate migrants. Worldwide, more than 1 billion people will live in countries with insufficient physical and social infrastructure to withstand climate change.
The scope and scale of human migration driven by environmental factors is already testing the limits of international governance and cooperation. Tackling those threats requires an increased focus on mitigation and adaptation efforts, including climate-resilient approaches to international development. How are organizations using data derived from satellite imagery, climate projections, and historic trends to support risk-informed decisions about economic growth and social development? What is needed to ensure that programs and investments fit community and cultural needs and foster local capacity to confront challenges like changing climate patterns and extreme weather?
Foreign Policy, in partnership with Chemonics, will convene a dialogue to examine the nexus of climate and migration and the role of international development in tackling this urgent aspect of the climate crisis. A panel of experts will discuss how advances in climate modeling and data analysis are shaping the future of global development and how those tools can be applied to mitigate the root causes of climate migration. We will also explore approaches that harness on-the-ground expertise to forecast and manage risks and design mitigation and adaptation strategies that generate local solutions to climate change.
Join the conversation online using the hashtag #MitigatingClimateMigration
Congressman Joaquin Castro
For more information, contact Sherri Greeves, Director of Partnerships