The United Nations predicted over 50 million people will be climate refugees over the next few decades. Most are poor and few benefit from our well-oiled economy. People will increasingly lose their freedom to live or work in their homelands, because our collective actions have altered the climate and our inaction continues to accelerate the problem.
My final message to my students is that science and economics highlight the problem and a path ... but my hope is that the faces of those clouded by climate’s impacts come into focus, and that their own moral compasses point toward a path in which they demand divestment from carbon-based companies, reduce their own consumption, invest in green energy, and support a price on carbon emissions. For humans’ sake.
Dr. Michael J. Soreghan, an assistant professor at the OU School of Geology and Geophysics, is a member of Citizen’s Climate Lobby.