Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. It is increasingly driving displacement across and within borders. Extreme climate conditions and weather events are pushing people out of their homes, communities, and native lands.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, already 20 million people a year leave their homes and move within their country as a result of increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather, environmental degradation, and sea-level rise. As the effects of climate change increase, more people will be at risk of displacement.  

How do we equitably prevent displacement through adaptation and climate resilience? How should we address the needs of the growing number of displaced people? 

ACE and Wagner Review are partnering to create a call for proposals. We invite you to write a policy proposal that proposes some ways in which we can address the many issues related to climate change driven displacement. You may write on any topics within the scope of the question. Here are some examples:

  • The U.S. is already feeling the effects of climate change though rising sea level, flooding, wildfires, extreme storms, and more. What is the role of the federal government in equitably facilitating adaptation, resilience, or managed retreat of vulnerable communities? 
  • Even if we reduce carbon emissions dramatically, there‚Äôs already irreversible damage to human and ecological systems and displacement will continue. What should the international community do to improve the protections and visibility of climate refugees and internally displaced people?
  • Rise in sea level is the cause of a growing risk of displacement in New York City. As a city with a legacy of environmental injustices – what are some ways the city can physically adapt to a changing climate to avoid displacement of some without displacing others? 

Op-eds may be submitted here by April 22. Writers may be invited to present their policy memos at the Wagner Review Policy Conference on Friday, April 29th. Submissions will be edited on a rolling basis. An editor for the Wagner Review will set up a meeting to review your piece and any edits once the piece has been reviewed. 

Questions? Please email Wagner Review Editor-in-Chief Emily Finkelstein at