Since 2019, natural disasters have displaced nearly 35 million people around the world as the climate crisis has worsened.
All month, Christians around the world have been creating a “home for all” during the ecumenical Season of Creation, which runs until 4 October. Those efforts will shift this week to focus on climate refugees ahead of global events that will mark the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is Sunday 26 September.
The theme of the day is, “Towards an ever greater ‘we’.” Pope Francis called on everyone to recognize that “we are all in the same boat.”
“In order to ensure the proper care of our common home, we must become a ‘we’ that is ever wider and more co-responsible, in the profound conviction that whatever good is done in our world is done for present and future generations,” Pope Francis said.
Scientists have made clear that warmer ocean water, holding more water vapor, is likely to create stronger hurricanes. And extreme weather patterns, including droughts, landslides, historic floods, and wildfires, are more likely in a warming world.
The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will showcase the incredible stories of three climate migrants during a special Laudato Si’ Dialogue on Sunday.
The event will also feature Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, Under-secretary of the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees Section; Massimo Fusarelli, OFM, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor; and Tomás Insua, Executive Director of Laudato Si’ Movement.