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Environmentally-Induced Displacement and Religion in Latin America and the Caribean: Engaging the Normative and Legal Landscape


Rapidly altering environments, often as a consequence of climate change, are an increasingly important driver of human mobility across international borders. Building upon earlier CLALS work on religious engagement with environmental conflict and climate change in Latin America and elsewhere, this project seeks to advance understanding of the religious response to environmental displacement throughout the region, including religion’s role at each phase of environmental migration, from departure or displacement, during transit, to arrival and adaptation. In the process, this project examines how different religious traditions inform individual and community responses to environmental dislocations, including Christian, but also Afro-Latino and indigenous religious beliefs and practice. It also considers the potential of religious voices and ideas in bringing greater public attention to solving the legal challenges faced by environmental migrants.