In this episode of Ways & Means: the hidden role that climate plays in the story of migration. How a changing climate is driving thousands of people to enter the U.S. each year. And how relatively small, inexpensive changes on the ground could make a difference with a daunting geopolitical problem.
This is the seventh episode in our “Climate Change Solutions” series, where we look at research-based ideas to help cool a rapidly heating planet.
- “Marisol” (pseudonym), Guatemala
- Marcos, Guatemala
- Sarah Bermeo is a political economist and associate professor of public policy and political science in the Sanford School at Duke University. She directs Duke’s Program on Climate-Related Migration.
- Abrahm Lustgarten is a ProPublica reporter. His new book, On The Move,The Overheating Earth and the Uprooting of America, explores the connection between climate change, American lives and migration.
- Pedro Santos is a Honduran farmer.
- Reporting from Guatemala was provided by Juan Carlos Narvaez Gutierrez, with help from Nayeli Garci-Crespo in Mexico City and research assistant Daniela Armenta Hernández.
- Elly Goetz and Elias Santos helped with reporting from Honduras.
- Duke staffer Asa Royal and Ways & Means producers Carol Jackson and Marc Maximov voiced translations
- Duke student Joy Liu designed the artwork for the season.
Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. Find out more about the Duke Climate Commitment.
WAYS & MEANS CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS SERIES
Ways & Means Climate Change Solutions is a series of podcast episodes. All episodes are hosted by journalists, and include storytelling from around the world. Episodes include:
- Paying for a Healthy Planet - how economics can help slow deforestation
- Getting Strategic with Solar - how to get the best bang for our buck when it comes to solar incentives
- Greener Pastures - the search for climate-friendly ways to raise animals
- How Cleaner Cookstoves Can Help Build a Healthier Planet - come along on a research trip to rural Kenya
- Bringing Water to Thirsty Fields with Help from the Sun - new research into how solar mini-grids could change lives for farmers in Ethiopia, and why that matters for the climate as a whole
- The Tiny Packaging Tweak That Could Help The Planet - how better food date labels would help address climate change.
Duke Climate Commitment
Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. This collaboration reflects the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis. The commitment builds on Duke’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy, and sustainability to educate a new generation of climate-fluent innovators and create equitable solutions for all