Firebird Journal

Survival and Renewal in the Anthropocene

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Will civilization collapse? Ask a climate refugee…

This article is part of the series What’s Next for the Planet? Read the series introduction. “At least 89.3 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes.” — U.N. Refugee Agency’s end of 2021 report   Human civilization is just one component, or subsystem, of the complex living system we call […]

Oregon’s (and America’s) coming internal climate refugee crisis

This is the second post in a two-part series on climate migration. Read post #1. “We can’t deter people fleeing for their lives. They will come.” ~ Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations When my wife and I moved to Oregon from California about 18 years ago, I predicted that we would be among […]

Most of the climate refugees roaming the U.S. will be U.S. citizens

This is the first post in a two-part series on climate migration. Read posts #2. “They’ll just dry up and blow away.” — One of my mother’s favorite expressions The three desert states of Arizona, Nevada and Utah have a combined population of 13.75 million people — and they’re growing like crazy. For example, the […]