Why migration is a climate matter

A low-carbon future means less people will be forced to leave their homes to escape environmental disasters and climate-induced hardship.
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Keeping people safe across the world

A low-carbon future means less people will be forced to go on arduous journeys to escape hardship and starvation caused by climate-induced natural disasters. Containing climate change helps protect those who are most at risk in humanitarian crises, in particular women, children and the elderly.


million people were displaced within their country after being hit by weather-related disasters in 2018.

More than 16,1 million people had to leave their homes in 2018 to seek shelter from weather-related disasters such as severe heat waves, storms and floods.1  An increase of these catastrophes could be prevented if we stop carbon pollution and keep the earth from warming further. Unmitigated, however, climate change will greatly exacerbate the migration crisis which is already killing scores of refugees every year.

Scientists expect that at least 25 million and 1.5 billion people will be forced to migrate on a permanent or temporary basis by 2050 if carbon emission levels continue to rise unabated.2  As a philanthropist and social investor focussing on climate issues, you can, therefore, make a significant difference in reducing the causes of migration which bring hardship and suffering especially to the most vulnerable in many societies.

Apart from supporting efforts to decarbonize our societies to prevent climate-induced disasters, you can help boost the resilience of – and, in the worst case, provide disaster relief to – regions already affected by the climate crisis. Communities regularly hit by floods, storms or severe heat need support to alleviate hardship that will otherwise lead to migration. And, finally, migrants who have had to flee their homes in the wake of such events, will need shelter and assistance to be able to survive, settle and thrive in their new environments.