Trash to Treasure

Climate change and migration are intricately linked, with environmental shifts influencing human movement in many ways. As the Earth’s climate continues to change, environmental factors such as rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and shifts in agricultural productivity increasingly impact communities worldwide. These changes can render certain areas uninhabitable, disrupt livelihoods, and exacerbate resource scarcity, prompting individuals and communities to seek refuge elsewhere. Forced displacement due to climate-related disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts, has become more prevalent, leading to a rise in climate refugees. Additionally, economic impacts stemming from climate change, such as loss of income and employment opportunities, contribute to migration patterns. Urbanization further complicates the issue, as rural inhabitants migrate to urban centers in search of better opportunities, straining infrastructure and resources. Addressing climate change is essential not only for mitigating its adverse effects on vulnerable populations but also for managing migration and ensuring the resilience of communities in the face of environmental challenges.

In Morocco, we’ve initiated projects to engage migrants in environmental conservation efforts by cleaning up parks and beaches. Through these projects, we select specific areas in need of cleanup and mobilize migrant communities to participate in collecting garbage. As we gather waste from these locations, we carefully sort the materials, identifying items suitable for repurposing and recycling. This sorting process allows us to gather materials for specific projects, where we teach participants how to transform discarded items into new products. By demonstrating how seemingly worthless trash can be repurposed into valuable treasures, we aim to raise awareness about environmental stewardship and promote sustainable practices within migrant communities and beyond.