Garrt Hardin's Lifeboat Ethics Applied to Environmental Migrants
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As human population grows, it begins to exceed the Earth s carrying capacity. Although very few countries have surplus capacity, or are under capacity, desperate people migrate to nations that appear to have a surplus of food and other resources needed for survival. Environmental migrants to describe people who either have or will be migrating because of some environmental disaster that makes their country a less suitable habitat. The ideal host country for environmental migrants should have a surplus of resources and no ecological deficit, but such a country is near impossible to find in the current human economy that depends on the planet s natural capital. The only way to combat this complex problem is to put rigid, firm sustainable practices in place to spare the future generations of all nations on Earth.