Migrants from Central America are on their way to the U.S border seeking asylum from extreme poverty and violence, and climate change has more to do with this migration than most would think. About a third of all employment in Central America is related to agriculture and any instability in this industry is devastating to a nation's economy. According to Robert Alberto, a researcher at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at @americanuniversity states, “The main reason people are moving is because they don't have anything to eat. This has a strong link to climate change–we are seeing tremendous climate instability that is radically changing food security in that region.” Extreme weather events have caused massive droughts throughout the region coupled with periodic flash floods, leaving millions struggling to feed themselves. According to the @worldbank, extreme weather will force an estimated 3.9 million climate migrants to leave Central America over the next thirty years. Francesco Femia, the president of the Center for Climate and Security, suggests that the best way to protect ourselves from outward migration and displacement is to “bolster the resilience of those countries so you reduce the likelihood of conflict and reduce the likelihood of displacement that might force outward migration.” Have you or your family felt the effects of climate change in Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador? ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ #YEARSproject #migrantcaravan #immigration #migrants #centralamerica #guatemala #honduras #elsalvador #climatechange #poverty #violence #gangviolence #mexico #asylumseekers #latino #foodinsecurity - The Years Project

Migrants from Central America are on their way to the U.S border seeking asylum from extreme poverty and violence, and climate change has more to do with this migration than most would think. About a third of all employment in Central America is related to agriculture and any instability in this industry is devastating to a nation’s economy. According to Robert Alberto, a researcher at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at @americanuniversity states, “The main reason people are moving is because they don’t have anything to eat. This has a strong link to climate change–we are seeing tremendous climate instability that is radically changing food security in that region.” Extreme weather events have caused massive droughts throughout the region coupled with periodic flash floods, leaving millions struggling to feed themselves. According to the @worldbank, extreme weather will force an estimated 3.9 million climate migrants to leave Central America over the next thirty years. Francesco Femia, the president of the Center for Climate and Security, suggests that the best way to protect ourselves from outward migration and displacement is to “bolster the resilience of those countries so you reduce the likelihood of conflict and reduce the likelihood of displacement that might force outward migration.” Have you or your family felt the effects of climate change in Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador? ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ #YEARSproject #migrantcaravan #immigration #migrants #centralamerica #guatemala #honduras #elsalvador #climatechange #poverty #violence #gangviolence #mexico #asylumseekers #latino #foodinsecurity