50 Million Environmental Refugees By 2020, Experts Predict

May 5, 2011 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Shyla Nelson for this article from Huffington Post.  See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/environmental-refugees-50_n_826488.html

50 Million Environmental Refugees By 2020, Experts Predict

The Huffington Post

Joanna Zelman, posted 2/22/11 02:29pm

This past week, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), experts warned that, “In 2020, the UN has projected that we will have 50 million environmental refugees,” the AFP reports.

A refugee is currently considered by the UN High Commissioner on Refugees to be a person who is fleeing persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, etc. There is no mention of the environment as a reason to flee. And yet, if you have no water from a drought, have no food due to flooding, or if your home is quite simply underwater, what other option do you have but to flee?

This is not a distant concern that can be put on the backburner, categorized by deniers as just another hyped up global warming fear. This is happening. Now.

For example, there is currently a drastic increase in migrants flooding Southern Europe. Why? Food shortages have a lot to do with it, according to a report by Karin Zeitvogel of the AFP. Professor Ewen Todd explains, “Already, Africans are going in small droves up to Spain, Germany… but we’re going to see many, many more trying to go north when food stress comes in. And it was food shortages that put the people of Tunisia and Egypt over the top.”

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