The Human Face of Climate Change, by Michael P. Nash

Climate Refugees

Film documentary Climate Refugees: The Human Face of Climate Change by Michael P. Nash, 2010.

The film is a look at the people around the world who are being displaced due to climate change, putting a human face on the consequences of climate change.

“Climate Refugees: The Human Face of Climate Change”, an 89-minute documentary on the repercussions of climate change on human migration, delves into the unique challenges presented when people are forced onto foreign shores. Border conflicts, redistribution of resources and basic human kindness all become issues.

A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes. All this is causing mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term “climate wars” is being talked about in war-room like environments in Washington DC. The UN currently states that more refugees are now displaced by environmental disasters than by war, more than 25 million climate refugees (ecologically induced migrants), and experts have projected that number will double within the next five years to over 50 million.

“Climate Refugees” has been shown at Sundance 2010, the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Actor and Sundance Film Festival founder, Robert Redford called the film “an agent for social change” after its premiere at his festival.

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Climate Refugees, Website