Climate Displacement: The Future of Refugee Protection
Join HIAS, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, and Jewish World Watch for a two-part series that unpacks the interconnected forces of climate change, conflict, and displacement, and learn how HIAS’ teams in Kenya and Chad are responding to these challenges.
In Part 2, HIAS’ Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Naomi Steinberg will be joined by Rabbi Jennie Rosenn of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action to discuss the interaction between climate change and forced displacement and the Jewish values that lead us to action. They will be joined by Meshack Omweri and Kennedy Kinyanjui — two Social Workers at HIAS Kenya working directly with refugees from Somalia and other neighboring countries — to explore the connections between climate change and displacement; dive into the case study of Somalia’s drought, resource scarcity, and conflict; and learn how HIAS Kenya is working to holistically support the needs of this community.
About the Series
Experts agree that we have less than a decade to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Historically marginalized groups are already feeling the effects. In Sub-Saharan Africa, hotter, dryer growing seasons lead to lower yields both for farmers and for nomadic herders, creating conflict around access to basic resources. Extremist groups and authoritarian regimes use these conditions to recruit and radicalize disillusioned youth, create hostility, and control populations. And with more than 80% of refugees hosted in countries that neighbor their own, strained resources in host communities - many of which are already strained for food and water - breeds further issues for refugee protection.
Unless wealthier nations like the United States take bold decisive action to drive down greenhouse gas emissions, by the year 2050, 300 million people will live in homes below the elevation of annual coastal flooding, while other regions will see devastating increases in droughts leading to water and food insecurity.