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WHILE NATURAL DISASTERS REMIND US
that humans live in relationship to the environment and are vulnerable to the unpredictable power of nature, human migrations and displacements remain long-term processes with far-reaching consequences that continue long after media attention has faded.

Unintended Journeys provides a glimpse into the lives of humans displaced by global climate change and some of the most devastating natural disasters in the past decade: 2010 Haitian earthquake; 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan; Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and ongoing sea level rise in Bangladesh; and desertification in eastern Africa.

EXPLORE UNINTENDED JOURNEYS LOCATIONS

  • Hurricane in the GulfHurricanes, Climate Change, and the Gulf of Mexico
  • Earthquake in HaitiEarthquake and Aftermath in Haiti
  • Tsunami in JapanEarthquake and Tsunami in Japan
  • Flooding in BangladeshBangladesh and Rising Sea Levels
  • Desertification in East AfricaClimate Change and Habitat Destruction in Africa
Hurricane in the Gulf1 Earthquake in Haiti2 Tsunami in Japan3 Flooding in Bangladesh4 Desertification in East Africa5
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UPCOMING EVENTS



SHARE YOUR JOURNEY

The Long, Long Road Home

Read the experience of Ann Juneau, a resident of Arabi, Louisiana displaced from her home by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Have you been displaced by or witnessed human displacement due to environmental disaster? The photos of this exhibit represent the spirit of photojournalism and its power to document human events. We invite you to share your experiences.



IN THE NEWS



DID YOU KNOW?

Climate change disasters are currently a bigger cause of population displacement than war and persecution.

Red Cross International

Experts estimate that climate change will lead to over 20 million refugees in Bangladesh by 2050.

Dadaab in Kenya is the world's largest refugee settlement with nearly 500,000 refugees.

Environmental refugee: Those people who have been forced to leave their traditional habitat, temporarily or permanently, because of a marked environmental disruption (natural and/or triggered by people) that jeopardized their existence and/ or seriously affected the quality of their life.

Experts estimate that U.S.-based Haitians send some $2 billion annually to relatives still living in Haiti.

Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world—2.5 times more densely populated than the most densely populated state in the U.S,--New Jersey. Experts estimate that climate change will lead to over 20 million refugees in Bangladesh by 2050.



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