XR supports the #CloseTheCamps Coalition in mass arrest action


There are currently 70.8M forcibly displaced people in the world who are of concern to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). [1]

Forecasts vary from 25 million to 1 billion environmental migrants [2] by 2050, moving either within their countries or across borders, on a permanent or temporary basis, with 200 million being the most widely cited estimate, according to a 2015 study [3] carried out by the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University.

The UN lists some of the effects of climate disaster that will force people to move, these are: [4]

  • Limited natural resources, such as drinking water, are likely to become even scarcer in many parts of the world.

  • Crops and livestock struggle to survive in climate change ‘hotspots’ where conditions become too hot and dry, or too cold and wet, threatening livelihoods and exacerbating food insecurity.

  • New displacement patterns and competition over depleted natural resources can spark conflict between communities or compound pre-existing vulnerabilities.

People will try to adapt to climate catastrophe, but many will not be able to and will be forcibly displaced from their homes or will be strategically relocated from coastal regions, river flood plains or deserts.

The UN is actively discussing the introduction of international protection of those displaced due to climate disaster. [5

More than ever we need to fight for immigration justice and to close the concentration camps housing migrants!

On August 10th, we had a non-violent direct action with The Close the Camps NYC coalition at the ICE Community Relations Office in New York City resulting in the arrests of 105 protestors.