How climate change is pushing Central American migrants to the US

| April 9, 2019 | Leave a Comment

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Author(s): Lauren Markham

Newspaper: The Guardian

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The northern triangle of Central America, the largest source of asylum seekers crossing the US border, is deeply affected by environmental degradation.

Media outlets and politicians routinely refer to the “flood” of Central American migrants, the “wave” of asylum seekers, the “deluge” of children, despite the fact that unauthorized migration across the US borders is at record lows in recent years. Comparing human beings to natural disasters is both lazy and dehumanizing, but perhaps this tendency to lean on environmental language when describing migration is an unconscious acknowledgement of a deeper truth: much migration from Central America and, for that matter, around the world, is fueled by climate change.

Yes, today’s Central American migrants – most of them asylum seekers fearing for their lives – are fleeing gangs, deep economic instability (if not abject poverty), and either neglect or outright persecution at the hands of their government. But these things are all complicated and further compounded by the fact that the northern triangle of Central America – a region comprising Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and the largest sources of asylum seekers crossing our border in recent years – is deeply affected by environmental degradation and the impacts of a changing global climate.

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  • Greeley Miklashek

    “Climate change” is caused by too many humans using too many natural resources and producing too much pollution. Human overpopulation is the core problem any way you slice it, and few have the courage to admit it or recommend the worldwide voluntary movement to reduce human populations necessary to reverse the direction of climate change and mass migrations. The UN just released a report that 280,000,000 migrants are currently afoot. Stress R Us