- 12 million people live in poverty because of climate change
- 26 million people have been displaced as a direct result of climate change
- 250 million people are affected by desertification
- 508 million people in water-stressed or water-scarce countries
- 2.8 billion people live in areas of the world prone to more than one of the physical manifestations of climate change: floods, storms, droughts, sea level rise
- More than 400 million Africans could be living in extreme poverty.
- More than 100 million people could be affected by exacerbated storm surges
- 200 million people may have been displaced by deteriorating environmental conditions
These statistics suggest that the number of environmental refugees is going to be massive and that someone is going to have to help all of these people relocate. The IIED's report suggested that the richer nations have a moral obligation to help those displaced by environmental change but what do you think? Does the UK, as one of the most developed countries in the world, have a moral obligation to take responsibilty of some of the people who are likely to be displaced by environmental change or are they the responsibilty of the country from which they originate?