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Former Vice President Al Gore said the Central American migrant caravan seeking asylum in the U.S. is a “recent, startling example” of global warming forcing people from their homes.
“People from all over the world are being forced to migrate because the climate crisis is affecting their livelihood. The migrant caravan from Central America is a recent, startling example,” Gore tweeted Monday.
The migrant caravan, made up of thousands of mostly young males from Honduras and other Central American countries, arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in November seeking asylum. Migrants are fleeing violent, corrupt countries with poor economies, but some environmentalists and journalists claim global warming is also to blame.
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Gore pointed to a Financial Times video on “climate change and the migrant caravan,” claiming that while most migrants are fleeing violence, “climate change is also playing a part” based on an interview with a farmer-turned-migrant who’s crop failed.
The video, published on Dec. 13, largely reflects arguments made by some media outlets in the past few months that migrant caravans to the U.S. are a “preview of climate migrations” — meaning people driven from their homes due to global warming.
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Many experts who have seriously examined claims linking climate to violent conflict and mass migrations have found little evidence to support such claims, but the media still applied the narrative by linking global warming to Central American migrations.
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