Defending Justice in a "Climate Refuge City"

Buffalo is already becoming a “Climate Refuge City.” It is the second-highest most resettled mid-sized city in the U.S. Buffalo is filled with refugees from equatorial countries that have experienced political and economic destabilization that are direct results of climate change. And looking to the future, it could be a safe haven for people migrating from other countries, as well as those moving internally within the United States. There is much work to be done, however, to create the infrastructure and the culture that both invests in existing communities and welcomes an influx of climate-related refugees. This is the work of two central community organizations in Buffalo: PUSH Buffalo and Justice for Migrant Families. Justice for Migrant Families and PUSH Buffalo are at the frontlines of ensuring that Buffalo today, as well as in the years to come, achieves climate justice. We hope that this case study provides a closer look at the work happening at the intersection of climate change and migration, and that these extraordinary organizations inspires you to ask questions, learn more, and get involved with your philanthropy in helping to strengthen the organizations and collaborations across the migrant and climate justice movements.