Climate change has already and will continue to fundamentally shift the movements of all life on Earth. Already, 1% of the Earth is considered a “barely livable” hot-zone, but by 2070 that proportion could rise to 19%. The environmental instability that drives human migration also remakes the migration patterns of animals. Entire ecosystems are either transforming or collapsing and these changes reverberate throughout the animal kingdom—human society is no exception. With climate migration comes societal transformation and the acute need for capable leadership who can prepare for these inevitable changes.
Migration, whether human or animal, is symptomatic of the holistic transformation of Earth’s ecosystems. Migration is a logical effect of a changed environmental landscape. However, the extent to which the landscape is changed is hugely dependent on carbon emissions, which is hugely dependent on whether or not policies are passed that structurally enforce a rapid decline in emissions.