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Climate Refugees

Teaching Module

A teaching module to learn about climate refugees, specific examples of climate change-related migration, challenges in resettling climate refugees, and actions to help people displaced by climate change.

Students will read and discuss climate change as a humanitarian problem; examples of Syria, Kiribati, and Louisiana in the context of climate refugees and the challenges that they face; and possible actions that governments and people can adopt to tackle the crisis.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How has climate change affected Louisiana? What measures have been adopted to resettle the climate refugees? What are the challenges in resettlement?
  2. Discuss an example of how climate change could act as a “threat multiplier” in a particular region.
  3. What challenge is being faced by Kiribati , an island republic in the Central Pacific?
About Tool
Tool Name A Global Challenge: ‘Climate Refugees’
Discipline Social Sciences, Humanities, Environmental Sciences, Geography
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Refugees, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Human Rights Human Migration, Climate Justice
Climate Topic Climate and the Anthroposphere, Policy, Politics and Environmental Governance, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
Type of tool Teaching Module
Grade Level High School
Location Global, North America, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, United States
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Mimi Bluestone
Hosted at Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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