Climate migrants (also referred as Environmentally Displaced People) refers to persons displaced by the far-reaching effects of climate change, such as changing rainfall, heavy flooding, environmental degradation, deterioration and sea level rise.
Today, 1% of the world is a barely livable hot zone. By 2070, that portion could go up to 19%. Skeptics will tell you that humans have always migrated due to climate changes, just think of how climate hastened migrations following the fall of the Mayan Empire or Mongolian movement Westward due to heavy rainfall. But experts are clear: our planet could see a greater temperature increase in the next 50 years than it did in the last 6,000 years combined.
In coming decades, there may be no single issue that affects as many people as profoundly as climate change. Climate crises will exacerbate competition for scarce resources, increase societal tensions, and unleash political instability. From typhoons in South Asia to drought in the Middle East, climate migration is already here. It is likely to become more pronounced.