Center for American Progress

ADVISORY: The Global Implications of Climate Migration
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: The Global Implications of Climate Migration

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 10:00am – 11:30am

Washington, D.C. – It is inevitable that as global warming intensifies hurricanes, exacerbates drought, and adds to resource shortages, we will need to prepare for extreme conditions and responses, and this includes human migration. Some estimates suggest that as many as 200 million people could become climate migrants by 2050. And in some cases, climate migration hot spots overlap with already volatile and unstable regions, where substantial migration could easily give rise to conflict. This is particularly true for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, who are likely to feel a disproportionate share of the impacts.

It is important to integrate adaptation strategies and consider climate change in development and foreign assistance strategies. It is essential that policymakers understand the risks of climate change and implement policies to reverse these alarming trends. Within the context of the government’s current revision of diplomacy and development policies, the panelists will discuss the implications of climate migration with regard to adaptation strategies, frameworks for addressing internal and international movements, and new, comprehensive strategies to deal with these unique challenges.

Please join us for a discussion of this delicate intersection of climate change, development, and human migration.

Featured Speakers:

Neil Levine, Director, Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, USAID
Susan Martin, Herzberg Professor of International Migration, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
David Waskow, Climate Change Program Director, Oxfam America

Moderated by:

Michael Werz, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


If you are a member of the press and would like to attend this event, please contact Suzi Emmerling at [email protected] or 202-481-8224.


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