The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration

Mar 10, 2023

2:30pm – 3:30pm CT

Even as climate change dominates the headlines, many of us still think about it in the future tense. Journalist Jake Bittle’s new book is here to tell us that the consequences of climate change are already visible, right here in the United States.

From half-drowned Louisiana to fire-scorched California, from the dried-up cotton fields of Arizona to the soaked watersheds of inland North Carolina, people are moving. Over the next 50 years, millions of Americans will be caught up in this churn of displacement, forced inland and northward in what will be the largest migration in our country’s history. The Great Displacement tells the stories of those who are already experiencing life on the move, while detailing just how radically climate change will transform our lives. Book signing to follow.

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