College of Science and Engineering


Computer Science

Faculty Mentor

Nathan Colaner, PhD, MBA

Faculty Editor

Nathan Colaner, PhD, MBA

Student Editor

Lily Kamālamalama


The United Nations (UN) projects 200 million climate refugees (people displaced by climate change) by 2050. All those people will lose their homes and wander searching for new homes; some will become internally displaced, and others will try to cross borders only to meet walls. The average person lives 17 years in a refugee camp before they relocate to a third country and get resettled. Refugee camps are some of the most populated and overcrowded places globally. This makes refugees vulnerable to communicable and other diseases easily transmitted from person to person or through a vector. The rapid rise of global warming and the global pandemic crisis we are amid (COVID19) make it harder for people to ignore the refugee crisis or to act slowly. Most climate refugees are not even afforded recognition as refugees and are not allowed to live in the harsh life of the refugee camps. As a refugee myself who lived in a refugee camp for 19 years, I will discuss the causes, the impacts, and solutions of the climate refugee crisis through a refugee’s lens.