This report examines the link between climate change and modern slavery, and the challenges presented by environmental harms. Research shows that climate change and exploitation are closely linked – and demonstrates why a strategic focus on climate change and the environment is a necessary part of the campaign to end slavery.
Climate change affects everyone. Changing weather patterns have left millions of people at risk of losing their homes and livelihoods; environmental degradation is pushing millions more at risk of greater inequality, as well as driving migration and leaving people at risk of exploitation. For people already at risk of modern slavery, the climate crisis presents a horrifying new threat to their freedom. Vulnerability to slavery caused by climate change is a threat that cannot be ignored.