Every 2 seconds, climate change is forcing someone from their homes, according to data from Oxfam International. These climate-fueled disasters are the number one cause of internal displacement globally. More than 20 million people have lost their homes. This translates to one person every two seconds. Oxfam International spoke at the UN Climate Summit in Madrid in 2019 and showed that the number of climate-related weather disasters that left people homeless has increased “five-fold over the last decade.” People today are at least 7 times more likely to be internally displaced (left homeless) due to cyclones (hurricanes for those of us along the Gulf and East Coasts of the US), floods, and wildfires as they are by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
That data actually hits home for me because I lost half of everything I owned when I lived in Houston (due to Hurricane Harvey) and was evicted from my apartment in Shreveport when my landlord rented my apartment and his entire building to Kevin Costner when he was was forced to relocate the filming of his movie The Guardian from New Orleans due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita back in 2005.
People say, “well, just move,” but that isn’t the answer. If it was, no one would live in places that are prone to these types of disasters. Recently, floods in Europe and wildfires in Australia have displaced countless people. Oxfam’s analysis shows that those in poorer countries who bear the least responsibility for global carbon pollution
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