Understanding the Contemporary Trail of Tears
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Migration from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to the U.S.-Mexico border increased rapidly from 2007 through 2021. Why do they leave? Hunger drives their flight. These three countries are located in the Central American “dry corridor,” where “hotspot” temperatures, drought and floods, deforestation and sea-level rise are forcing poor people from their homes and subsistence farms to our southern border. They are climate refugees. Pat Hynes will present and discuss photos and facts regarding Central American migrants, including the roles of U.S. imperialism, extreme violence, and the climate crisis in pushing them northward. She will also address climate policy solutions for these beleaguered countries.
Pat Hynes is a retired professor of environmental health and Director of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in western Massachusetts since 2010. She has published seven books on the environment (including The Recurring Silent Spring ) and has won national and regional awards for her community-university environmental justice projects conducted at Boston University School of Public Health.