For the past few years, various commentary and studies have pointed to Michigan as a “climate haven” of sorts in the coming decades. Specifically, author Parag Khanna’s recently released book, “Move: The Forces Uprooting Us,” says Michigan will be a top destination because of factors surrounding climate change, economies and governments.
That said, some projections predict that the South could be too hot to live in, with Michigan this “climate haven” of sorts, mild temperatures and access to plenty of fresh water. This could result in many people moving to Michigan in the next few decades.
In the last couple of years, there were 30 million people around the world displaced by extreme weather as a result of climate change, and here in the U.S., as many as 50 million Americans may relocate to so-called “climate havens” in the coming decades — likely much sooner rather than later. The Mitten State is looking like a very appetizing place to land.
Late last year, MLive reporters Lindsay Moore and Sheri McWhirter wrote about how these weather extremes and changes are forcing millions of people to be displaced around the world. In their reporting, they write that “Michigan looks increasingly attractive in a country where wildfires turn million-dollar mansions to ash in California, hurricanes sink homes along Florida’s coasts and cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix face the alarming reality the Colorado River will no longer sustain them.” It’s a fascinating prospect, to think that over the next few decades, Michigan could become a prime spot for people all over the world. Read the special report here.