As states across the country begin to feel the impact of climate change, a quarter of a million people have moved in search of a more stable environment, according to new research from the moving service. Hire an assistant. In this study, Cook County ranked as the 7th most popular destination for climate-related moves. The top three spots are Maricopa County, Arizona; Los Angeles County, California; and Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.
According to the study, most people who have ever moved have done so from the state of Texas, but is the Midwest the climate paradise that many think it is?
Sabrina Shaikh is Director of the Global Environment Program and Professor at the University of Chicago Environmental and Urban Studies. She says the Midwest doesn’t face the same level of climate threats felt by coastal cities. However, Chicago is not immune to the impact of climate change.
“The Midwest and cities like Chicago are facing significant challenges related to projected increases in the amount and intensity of precipitation and localized flooding, as well as extreme urban heat events,” Shaikh said.
As more and more people move from the coastal cities of the United States to cities in the Midwest, the question arises as to what impact will this have on these environments?
Karen Weigert is the director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Accountability at Loyola University Chicago. Weigert says climate change is an accelerator of instability.
“From a climate change perspective, population growth will lead to a certain level of growth in emissions. It raises the whole question of any existing pressures or opportunities that pre-existed,” Weigert said.
Shaikh says that there is no hard evidence of migration yet and that interpreting this data as an influx of climatic migration raises fear that is not real.
“How cities in the Midwest prepare for this will have a big impact on what happens, and the burden of those impacts will be vastly disproportionate unless we plan for it and pay attention to the conditions that have led to urban injustices. , environmental and health,” Shaikh said.
Weigert says climate change will impact the whole nation, although how it will be different.
“The key topic here is to fight climate change and not have mass migration. We need to think about actions to reduce emissions for all of us.