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Week 6: Climate change refugees

Week 6: Climate change refugees

Heavy rains displaced thousands of people in Southern Sudan in August 2008. Extreme weather events are expected to become increasingly frequent due to climate change. © UN Photo/Tim McKulka

Many fear that climate change may lead to increased levels of conflict among states, communities and people. For example, increasing water scarcity may lead to clashes between groups with conflicting water needs such as pastoralists and farmers.

Possible mass displacement is also looming in other parts of the world, like Bangladesh, where large scale population moves are foreseeable. Some small island states are already preparing for the possible disappearance of their territories.

It is crucial to ensure that the needs of climate victims, before, during, and after displacement, are at the heart of policies. Yet governments now tend to frame climate displacement as a defence and national security concern.


Biblical reflection: Noah – an uprooted pilgrim

Dr Guillermo Kerber, programme executive on climate justice at the World Council of Churches, reflects on the story of Noah as a call to conversion in the light of our violent behaviour against our neighbours and against the earth. Read more...


A short overview on “Global warming and climate refugees” prepared by the World Council of Churches and other resources on global warming are available. Read more...

What you can do:

Join the climate justice movement by contributing your picture to our photo petition and by praying for creation. Read more...