The Global Crisis of Climate Change and the Inevitability of Becoming a Refugee Species
Global climate change and global mass migration are at this point inevitable. While there are many ways we still must combat climate change, it’s to the point that there we have already created change that will affect and shape how we live. Climate change is already and will continue to influence global migration of the human race. Climate change will continue to force people out of their homes and communities on a global scale, it will change how we are forced to live together as nations and as a species.
We as humans are lucky in that, for the most part, we have the means to migrate and to relocate to a habitable location, on a national or individual scale. Plants and animals are unable to do so on their own. Animals and plants are already becoming endangered and extinct on a mass scale due to climate change. Humans are also becoming endangered the difference is that we are endangering ourselves. We have allowed our governments, companies, and our own consumerism take our planet from us we have done this willingly, and at an alarming pace.
Droughts are already contributing to conflicts and massive amounts of refugees. The situation in Syria is in part due to drought caused by climate change. While in no way is that all of the crisis they face, it is a contributing and underlying factor. If Syria’s reaction to the draught and subsequent conflict is an indicator of how we as people will respond to the challenges of climate change then we as a species have a lot to learn. I hope we can learn before it is too late.
The current mass migration and displacement of peoples is only the beginning, and a very small scale of what we will face in the future especially if we continue to consume fossil fuels and natural resources at our current rate. If we cannot reconcile differences and find a common ground, then we are doomed to extinction. Devastation of resources, food water, and habitable lands are on the rise, conflict on a global scale is becoming more and more real, and in uncharted ways. We have nothing in our history to teach us how to resolve climate change as it is an unprecedented situation we now face, as far as the challenges and changes in climate. However, we do have many examples of what to do and not do to resolve conflicts and find resolutions between nations. I hope that we are able to learn from the past and take our knowledge of conflict resolution to ensure we can overcome and survive. We must act together as a species, nations and as individuals to resolve these conflicts and to manage our resources. If we don’t we will not survive.