Where Will Climate Migrants Go? Preparing Communities for In-Migration

3:15 PM–4:45 PM | Online | Public

Join the Color of Climate Youth Coalition, Fern Hickey and Miyuki Hino as they discuss how communities can best support climate migrants

Where Will Climate Migrants Go? Preparing Communities for In-Migration

In the U.S. and throughout the globe, the impacts of climate change will contribute to the displacement of millions and cause significant shifts in population both within and between countries. Some communities will confront shrinking populations and a smaller tax base; others will need to prepare to receive these migrants and accommodate resulting population growth. Though this migration is already underway – in the form of people escaping hurricanes and wildfire or deciding to move in the face of rising sea levels or dwindling agricultural yields – there is no playbook for what communities on the receiving end should be doing to prepare for it.

Drawing examples from Buffalo, NY, Cincinnati, OH, Orlando, FL and St. Tammany Parish, LA, we will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that accompany climate-driven in-migration, measures that these communities have taken to respond to or prepare for it, and the policy changes that may be necessary to better support climate migrants and the communities poised to receive them.

Fern Hickey is completing a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where her studies have focused on climate change adaptation, hazard mitigation, and resilience planning. She comes to this work from a background in sustainable agriculture and community organizing and is committed to adaptation solutions that prioritize the needs, visions, and leadership of poor and working class, BIPOC, and immigrant communities.

Miyuki Hino is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and an adjunct assistant professor in the Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research aims to measure the social and economic impacts of climate hazards and analyze the effectiveness of climate change adaptation strategies. Recent work has focused on the impacts of coastal flooding and land use policy for climate change adaptation. Miyuki received a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University.

The series is co-hosted by GCSM’s Color of Climate Youth Coalition, GMRI’s Climate Center and the Learning Ecosystems Northeast educator network. It will occur on 1st Mondays, March through June, starting at 3:15PM. You can find more information about the series here!

All are welcome to attend. There will be a 30-40 minute presentation followed by a general question and answer section as well as dedicated time for local youth to ask questions and engage in conversation with the speakers.