Article | 2005

For the Least Among Us: New Approaches to Refugee Care


Environmental degradation has created millions of refugees around the world. These refugees are disproportionately located in developing nations. Cameron Burns argues that continuing desertification of sub-Saharan regions, climate change and rising sea levels, ongoing resource shortages and the violence resulting from such shortages—not to mention natural disasters—will all be felt by the poorest members of society first. The article describes some solutions to this monumental problem, including sustainable architecture and energy efficiency techniques. The article also describes the sustainable development work of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and RMI’s work on new approaches to refugee care.