Selected Videos about Climate-related Forced Migration

1) Verge Science Video: This is what sea level rise will do to coastal cities, Apr 23, 2019
Sea level rise is already redrawing coastlines around the world. What happens when the coast retreats through a major city? We look at how the world map will change in the year 2100, and what coastal cities can do to defend themselves.

2) TheEconomist Video: Climate-change migrants: what can be done?, Feb 9, 2023
Climate change could force hundreds of millions to flee their homes in the coming years. What can countries do to prepare for this mass migration?

00:00 – Climate migration is on the rise
01:06 – How Louisiana is relocating its flood-victims
03:55 – How ‘managed retreat’ can resolve climate impacts
05:15 – Global warming spells trouble for the developing world
06:30 – How should governments handle mass climate migration?
07:30 – Rising sea levels mean partial submersion for these islands
08:00 – Why the rich world should care about climate migration

3) TheEconomist Video: See what three degrees of global warming looks like, 3,772,678 views  Oct 30, 2021
If global temperatures rise three degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the results would be catastrophic. It’s an entirely plausible scenario, and this film shows you what it would look like.

00:00 – What will a 3°C world look like?
00:57 – Climate change is already having devastating effects
02:58 – How climate modelling works
04:06 – Nowhere is safe from global warming
05:20 – The impact of prolonged droughts
08:24 – Rising sea levels, storm surges and flooding
10:27 – Extreme heat and wet-bulb temperatures
12:51 – Increased migration and conflict
14:26 – Adaptation and mitigation are crucial

4) UNHCR video: UNHCR’s Global Trends Report: 100 Million Displaced, Jun 16, 2022
The number of people forced to flee their homes has increased every year over the past decade and now stands at the highest level since records began.  We predicted in last year’s Global Trends Report that the question was no longer if forced displacement will exceed 100 million people – but rather when. The when is now.

5) UNHCR Video: Know How: UNHCR expert on climate change and forced displacement, Nov 30, 2020
Drought, extreme weather, conflict and competition for dwindling resources. The effects of climate change are increasing hardship on people who are already among the world’s most vulnerable, including refugees. UNHCR’s Special Advisor on Climate Action Andrew Harper speaks about how climate change is affecting them, and what we can learn from our response to the COVID about what can be done now to help.

6) NASA Video: New study finds sea level rise accelerating – Estimated global sea level rise of 26 inches in by 2100

7) UNDP Video: Sea Level Rise in Bangladesh putting millions art risk, Dec 12, 2022, Climate victims like Nomita are living proof of ClimateChange in Bangladesh 🇧🇩. The rise in sea level due to #GlobalWarming can put 25 million people at risk of climate-induced #migration. 

8) DW Video: Fleeing climate change — the real environmental disaster | DW Documentary, May 1, 2019. 
How many millions of people will be forced to leave their homes by 2050? This documentary looks at the so-called hotspots of climate change in the Sahel zone, Indonesia and the Russian Tundra.  Lake Chad in the Sahel zone has already shrunk by 90 percent since the 1960s due to the increasing heat. About 40 million people will be forced to migrate to places where there is enough rainfall. Migration has always existed as a strategy to adapt to a changing environment. But the number of those forced to migrate solely because of climate change has increased dramatically since the 1990s. It is a double injustice: after becoming rich at the expense of the rest of the world, the industrialized countries are now polluting the atmosphere with their emissions and bringing a second misfortune to the inhabitants of the poorer regions. One of them is Mohammed Ibrahim: as Lake Chad got hotter and drier, he decided to go where the temperatures were less extreme and there was still a little water, trekking with his wife, children and 70 camels from Niger to Chad and then further south. The journey lasted several years and many members of his herd died of thirst. Now he and his family are living in a refugee camp: they only have seven camels left. Mohammed is one of many who have left their homelands in the Sahel – not because of conflict and crises, but because of the high temperatures. He’s a real climate refugee.

9) Atlas Pro video: Lands That Could FLOOD in Our Lifetime, Nov 20, 2020
Some places are more threatened by rising sea levels than others, but in the end we’ll all be paying a price. Alternate titles include: “Where You Shouldn’t Invest in Real Estate,” “Places You Should Vacation to Before They’re Gone,” and “Oh Man We’re In A Lot Of Trouble On This One Aren’t We?”

10) AFP Video: Climate migrants: who are they and where will they go?, Feb 28, 2022
From fleeing a typhoon to relocating in anticipation of sea level rise, climate migration covers a myriad of situations and raises a host of questions. But one thing is sure: the number of those seeking a safe place to call home is going to increase in the coming decades, according to a major UN report on climate impacts and vulnerability recently published. “We are on the cusp of a major environmental change that is going to redistribute populations on a planetary scale,” Francois Gemenne, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, told AFP. According to World Bank figures, if emissions are not cut, 216 million people would be at risk of climate-related internal displacement by 2050.

11) ColbyGoldfarbCenter Lecture Video: Unlivable: how a changing climate will force a global migration, Aug 11, 2023
Abrahm Lustgarten, a nationally recognized writer and thinker about climate change, was the presenter for the 2023 Linda Cotter Speaker Series, co-hosted by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Mid-Maine Global Forum, honoring Linda Cotter’s legacy as the founder of the Mid-Maine Global Forum.  Article by Abrahim Lustgarten in NewAmerica.org: Telling the Story of Climate Migration By Abrahm Lustgarten, April 11, 2023.

12) Series of short videos called The Big Climate Movement by Migration Matters.  YouTube Playlist: The Big Climate Movement 

13) DW News Video: A world going hungry? How conflict and climate change disrupt global food supply, Jul 5, 2022
The battle against hunger is quite literally, an existential one. But there was a time when winning that battle seemed within reach – as production surpluses could have meant enough food for all. But climate change, conflict, and a broken food system have threatened that goal. Ukraine, a big provider of wheat to the world, is unable to export grain amid a blockade of its Black Sea ports, such as Odesa. While millions of tonnes of grain sit stuck in silos, countries dependent on these supplies have been left in a desperate situation. Starvation and malnutrition threaten the lives of tens of millions in places like Yemen and the Horn of Africa. Supply shortages have worsened the humanitarian crises. 

0:00   INTRO
1:32   UKRAINE
6:15  CLIMATE CHANGE
8:28   BROKEN SYSTEM
10:13   SYSTEM COLLAPSE
11:16   ABCD DOMINANCE
15:37   SOLUTIONS
19:50   GOODBYE

14) “The Big Climate Movement: Migration & displacement in times of climate change,” which is a series of 12 bite-sized videos featuring Dr. Caroline Zickgraf and Dr. François Gemenne of the Hugo Observatory, Dr. Yvonne Su of York University, and 8 young climate activists from 7 countries.