Source: Thomas Friedman, The New York Times, November 16
When you visit the Pentagon, ask the generals about climate change. Here’s what they’ll tell you: a majority of immigrants flooding Europe today are not coming from Syria or Iraq. Three-quarters are from arid zones in central Africa, where the combination of climate change and runaway population growth are making small-scale farming unsustainable.
Last April, as part of a National Geographic Channel documentary, I followed a group of these refugees from Senegal through Niger on their way to Libya and Europe. Thousands make this trek every month. The same thing will happen in our hemisphere – and no wall will keep them back. You can’t ignore climate change and think you have an immigration policy.