Environment

Think.Eat.Save

By Jill Helke

World Environment Day is a time to reflect collectively on global issues related to the environment. This year's World Environment Day, "Think.Eat.Save." inevitably leads us to the paradox between food waste and unsustainable consumption practices in some parts of the world on the one hand. On the other hand, food insecurity and threats to livelihoods in many other regions arise from the negative impacts of climate change and long term environmental degradation.

Diminished food security due to climate change has become a major factor in migration. In some instances, drought has led to crop failure and migration to cities. In others, rainfall with increased intensity has destroyed agricultural production, displacing people in need of food. Continued shifting climate patterns have also changed the temporal migration patterns of pastoralist people, leading to conflict for sparse resources and forcing people to abandon the pastoralist livelihood. Migration as a result of food insecurity is mostly internal, often rural-urban, but in some cases trapped populations are unable to afford expensive migration and remain in their homeland without sufficient food security.

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