Listen: How climate change influences immigration to the U.S.
"Poverty and violence in central. America are are major factors driving migration to the United States. But there's another force that's often overlooked. Climate Change Retired Lieutenant Commander Oliver Layton Barrett. It is with the Center for Climate Insecurity. He says in Guatemala Honduras El Salvador Crime and poor. Economic conditions have long lead to instability. And when you combine that. With protracted drought is just a stressor that makes everything worse he says with crops. Failing many people have fled their homes. These folks are leaving not because they're opportunists because they are in survival mode you have people that are legitimate refugees so Barrett supports allocating foreign aid to programs that help people in drought ridden areas adapt to climate change their nonprofits that are operating in those countries that have great ideas in terms forms of teaching farmers to use the land better to harvest water better to use different variety of crops. That are more resilient to drought conditions. And those are the kinds of programs. I think are needed. So we says the best way to reduce the number of climate change migrants is to help people thrive in their home countries"