Blum Center faculty director Richard Matthew recently spoke on a panel at the Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding. The panel discussion, titled “Resource Implications of Human Mobility and Migration,” was summarized by Jill Baggerman in a New Security Beat article.

The article shares statistics highlighted by Professor Matthew regarding the enormous scope of migration challenges facing humans and non-human animals alike. For example, over the next 30 years, 1.2 billion people and more than 50% of the planet’s non-human species may be forced to migrate due to climate-related changes to the environment.

Panelists discussed how migration can be an adaptive response to problems like climate change, but it is important to ensure that people are not forced to migrate against their will or through pathways that exacerbate conflicts. Read the full article to learn more about how panelists believe we must protect human rights while responding to the challenges of climate change.