31 Jul '17, 9am

Climate Change, Human Migration, and the Delusion of Isolation

Climate Change, Human Migration, and the Delusion of Isolation

One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic Be it from social unrest, economic upheaval, or environmental collapse, forced human migration is at unprecedented levels. According to the UNHCR , there are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today. Of those, more than 22 million are forced refugees. Over half are under 18 years old. Nearly 20 people are displaced from their homes every minute. Sixty-five million people forced to flee their homes? However disquieting, it almost doesn’t matter. As awful as that sounds, our emotional and mental resources aren’t naturally up to the task of finding empathy for so many. What researchers call “compassion fade ” creates “psychic numbing .” Our minds are desensitized by numbers like these. It is, as research psychologist Paul Slovic calls it, the “arithmetic of compassion .” It’s hard for us to wrap our heads...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2017/07/climate-change-human-...

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