Climate Refugees

Media Coverage

"L.A. Pop-Up Turns Holiday Shopping Into Donations for Refugees"
Dec. 20, 2019

"Refugees are increasingly being pushed from home by climate-driven disasters, according to a report from UC Berkeley’s Othering & Belonging Institute. Under those circumstances, they mostly lack legal protections"

"Climate Refugees: Climate-Fueled Drought, Sea Level Rise, Storms & Fires Displace Millions Worldwide"
Dec. 13, 2019

"A new report reveals how long-term disasters, including sea level rise and desertification, and short-term disasters, such as storms and fires, are especially threatening to people living in the Global South and island nations. We speak with the co-author of a new study that finds the climate crisis is already leading to a massive increase in the number of refugees being displaced around the world. Hossein Ayazi is a policy analyst with the Global Justice Program at the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley."

"UC Berkeley institute releases report on climate refugees"
The Daily Cal
Dec. 12, 2019

"UC Berkeley’s Othering & Belonging Institute, which focuses on research, policy and work related to marginalized communities, released a report Tuesday calling for a legal mechanism to protect refugees forced to cross borders by climate issues.

The report, titled “Climate Refugees: The Climate Crisis and Rights Denied” found that climate change will seriously impact vulnerable communities. The report was authored by director Elsadig Elsheikh and project policy analyst Hossein Ayazi of the Global Justice Program at the Othering & Belonging Institute

The report was composed over the last few years and used sources including reports and analyses from the United Nations, as well as firsthand accounts of climate-induced displacement, according to Ayazi."