Living where they live is increasingly difficult, and they’re moving.
Are similar pressures in store for you?
The beautifully-presented stories in the New York Times‘ Climate Casualties series are straws in a warm wind. Yes, some are remote. Bolivia’s second-largest lake has dried up completely, and everyone around it is leaving. West African subsistence farmers are giving up and trying to get to Libya, maybe Italy. Over a million Chinese have been resettled away from the sandstorms of an expanding desert.
But then there’s Alaska. And Louisiana. The stories are getting closer to home, and they raise questions about “the divisions . . . and the logistical and moral dilemmas” that come when physical and financial declines force migration. One question is how US taxpayers will be able to help our climate migrants if it costs $48 million to resettle 60 people, as in the Louisiana project.
Another is how safe is your own community, and should you think about moving ahead of the crowd to climate-proof your family and your personal finances? You can get a head start on that research by looking at our Where-To-Live Indicators, especially the “Climate Risk” grade, and its components, for your hometown.