COP28: Climate Migration Is Coming. Is Texas Prepared?

Extreme heat, weather, drought will cause displacement

As the world’s eyes turn to Dubai for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), Austin-based Texas Impact/Texas Interfaith Power & Light is sending video dispatches from the conference to the Chronicle.

No matter how well humanity succeeds at staving off worst-case global warming scenarios, it’s clear that climate change is already manifesting. Significant for Texas, it’s driving global migration, which will only increase in coming decades. Countries can prepare proactively by establishing National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) … but guess what global superpower doesn’t have one. Texas Impact’s Bobby Watson and United Women in Faith leader Ilka Vega break down the issue of “climate mobility” and suggest how the U.S. – and Texas – should be establishing frameworks to cope instead of pointing fingers and blaming the victims.

Follow Texas Impact/Texas Interfaith Power & Light’s continuing coverage from COP28.

About Texas Impact

Texas Impact exists to put faith into action. We equip faith leaders and their congregations with the information, opportunities, and outreach tools to educate their communities and engage with lawmakers on pressing public policy issues. We are an interfaith group that works together on issues that impact the most vulnerable people in our communities. We help people live out their faith in the public square, moving the faith community from charity to justice.

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