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CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER AND MIGRATION AND TRAFFICKING AND…

Last year was the world’s hottest on record, perhaps the hottest since the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago. Many more are facing water shortages, fires, droughts, and famines. Refugees become vulnerable to increased poverty and human traffickers. Many believe that the crisis in Syria was spurred in part by conflict linked to a multi-year drought, and the suffering of many environmental refugees in sub- Saharan Africa and Small Island Developing States all underline the effect that climate change is having an effect on many of UNANIMA’s focus areas. We celebrated World Oceans Day on 8 June, and learned that eminent scientist Stephen Hawking predicts that as the earth warms even more, large amounts of carbon dioxide will be released from the ocean floor, speeding global warming even more. But observers at the Paris UN Climate Change talks in December noted the impact of Laudato Si’ and other faith-based advocacy. We can make a difference.