We Are Now All Migrants on a Burning Planet: There is No Place to Hide and No Other Place to Go | EV & N 322 | CCTV




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The “Climate Change and Land” Special Report of August 2019 from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  has indicated that fossil-fuel-driven climate change is displacing farmers in the Global South which will lead to hundreds of millions and perhaps as many as a billion potential climate refugees.  Nation-states — already demonstrating an inability to manage their borders effectively — may well be overwhelmed by these climate-induced social changes in the coming months, years and decades.

The evidence for the close and precarious link between agriculture and a changing climate is not new.  For decades social scientists have underscored the built-in violence and vulnerability of the “green revolution”  to climate change because of its substantial fossil fuel subsidies.  The massive expenditure of fossil fuels required by this type of agriculture has contributed substantially to the build-up of atmospheric carbon, thereby further accelerating the pace and scope global climate change in a viscous self-destructive cycle of environmental degradation.


Bill McKibben has voiced a deep understanding of our new global circumstance emphasized in the latest IPCC Special Report.   With empathy and compassion he has demonstrated the kind of moral leadership that will now be needed.

Bill-Mckibben-1This cannot be ignored because it will be driven by hundreds of millions of potential climate refugees forced to leave flood-soaked or drought-stricken lands that can no longer support agriculture as changes in the climate become more severe.

Bill-Mckibben-2As the volume of climate refugees mounts all over the world, we will need to come to the realization and learn to accept the fact that from now on we are all in some sense migrants on a burning planet.

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Related information on activities of agribusiness firms promoting the expansion of  petro-intensive agriculture:


For a longer-view critique of post-World War II “development” practices based on petro-intensive agricultural strategies see:



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