Synopsis: Environmental Migrants, a Wall in Between.
The project “Environmental migrants, a wall in-between” is a natural evolution of my previous series “Environmental migrants, the last illusion.”
The UN predicts that by 2030 more than 120 million people could face extreme poverty due to the climate. Developing countries will be the most affected.
As the planet continues to heat up, lands are becoming uninhabitable, and people are forced to migrate. Many countries responsible for climate change are fortifying their borders to keep migrants away. 2016 was the year with most walls built in the history of humankind. Today there are at least seventy-seven walls or fences across the world: in 1989, the year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, only fifteen existed. Philip Alston, a UN Special Representative on extreme poverty and human rights, says, “We risk a ‘climate apartheid’ scenario where the wealthy pay to escape overheating, hunger, and conflict while the rest of the world is left to suffer.” Many face this fate on the other side of the border wall.
The UN International Organization for Migration estimates that between 25 million to 1 billion environmental migrants by 2050 will move within countries or across borders. While many chose to move from rural areas to the cities, some decide to take much longer and dangerous journeys towards wealthier countries. This project will focus on two geographical areas, the first choices to many of these migrants: Europe and North America.
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