This staggers my brain and leaves me flailing around for words. 1% of the population of the planet are refugees.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, there are more internally-displaced, asylum seekers, or refugees than since the end of WWII.
65 million people.
That’s a bit more than the population of France. Global warming is certainly going to exacerbate the problem, but certain countries’ tendency to destructively replace political regimes isn’t helping a whole lot, either.
There was a lot of “regime change” going on during WWII but WWII “only” created 40 million refugees.
A large part of what is going on is that there are displaced populations that are being warehoused and forced to stay displaced. So, while WWII resulted in a lot of migrations, people migrated back when it was all over, or doors were open elsewhere in the world for migrants. Populations were absorbed into other cultures, and life resumed. Many of the 65 million displaced people right now are being put on hold: warehoused in tent camps.
We have absolutely no reason to expect them to be anything less than extremely pissed off.
My ancestors came to America because of problems with potatoes in Ireland and in Norway; they came on “coffin ships” and some of them died on the way; then, at Ellis Island, they were told to head to Wisconsin because that’s where the Norwegians were. So they did, onto land that belonged to the Dakota or Chippewa – the Dakotas and Chippewas having been turned into refugees before then; those that survived.
When I first started learning about global warming, I thought “things are going to break very badly” (how’s that for understatement?) Well, things are breaking very badly. The US’ imperial efforts to re-balance regimes to be more favorable is adding gasoline to the fire: 12 million of the refugees are a result of the war in Syria – a war which the US didn’t start,* but certainly egged on, then armed one side (which made it worse) and ended by attracting other powers (which made it even worse) Just to give you an idea of the scope of the disaster that caused: the genocide in Rwanda displaced 3.5 million people – one third of the refugee population created by the war in Syria. The US invasion of Iraq only displaced 2 million refugees (some of whom got really pissed off and are not being quiet about it) The “regime change” in Libya created a mere million refugees. Every map that shows the projected effects of global warming shows that millions more people are going to be displaced.
As Secretary of State, John Kerry, said, climate change is going to create a lot more refugees. He even mentioned that thousands of people in Syria had been displaced because of drought. He didn’t say anything about the 44,000 air strikes the US has flown against targets in Syria. Drought, forsooth! It’s raining high explosive!
The US is spending $480,000/hr for its war effort in Syria. It’s a shame the people in the Pentagon aren’t living in the tent camps, and the people living in the tent camp aren’t getting to spend the $480,000/hr. Priorities, people.
1% of the world’s population are refugees, right now, and the effects of global warming haven’t really started to kick in yet. It’s too bad we can’t feed them our 1%. That’d be “regime change” I approve of.
(* Maybe. Regime change in Syria has been something discussed by many US Presidents including Reagan, Bush, Bush, and Obama. The various Secretaries of State have been equally vocal – which is inappropriate coming from an empire’s chief diplomat.)