It’s important to know that this refugee crisis is only the beginning of the deluge that will grow as climate change raises sea levels and causes more weather-related disasters. These changes have already begun to affect the places people can live and grow food. It’s estimated that as many as 1 billion people could be displaced by 2050.
There are things the United States could do to avoid this crisis. We could provide birth control to women and education for girls to cut population growth, join the rest of the world to reduce global temperature rise, and help countries plan for the coming climate changes by providing aid.
Instead, in every one of these arenas — population growth, climate change and foreign aid — the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are pulling back.
The president needs to take his head out of the sand, before that sand is underwater.
Jane W. Eller