Very early signs of ecomigration

A rising tide may lift the boats but it may also cause people to relocate. Rising sea levels and storms brought on by global warming may lead people to move to higher ground, greener pastures or interior regions. The Washington Post (23 February 2009) calls them ecomigrants. The article cites two examples:

  • Adam Fier, of Montgomery County, Md., has moved his family to New Zealand, where he likes the green policies and feels safe from conflict.
  • The president of Kiribati, a Pacific nation of low-lying islands, is exploring ways to move all 100,000
    Channel between two Kiribati islands
    Channel between two Kiribati islands

    citizens to a new homeland because of fears that a steadily rising ocean will make the islands uninhabitable. He called for an international fund to buy land for such mass migrations.

The article also hints that people in hurricane-prone areas (such as Louisiana and Florida) are thinking of moving elsewhere.

Related: 2080: Global warming leads to floods, droughts, agricultural disasters, hunger
Twitter: RT @mitchbetts Ecomigration: People worried about global warming (rising seas) are moving to higher ground.

3 Replies to “Very early signs of ecomigration”

  1. It’s not an AMUSING story sir. It’s the future. Get used to it. See my polar cities predictions here, as reported in the NY Times last year. More to come soon.

    Tufts 1971

  2. Hasn’t most of human migration been because of “ecomigration?” People would live in a spot, the ecological balance would change, we’d move on.

    Perhaps our ability to totally destabilize the planet is due to our total success in the current ecology – allowing us to balloon to seven billion people. Maybe a round of musical chairs could convince us to think more in terms of conservation…

    Granted, rough way to promote policy.

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