The Next Great Migration by Sonia Shah

In her book The Next Great Migration, Sonia Shah upends our centuries-long assumptions about migration through science, history, and reporting–predicting its lifesaving power in the face of climate change. The book published by Bloomsbury hit the shelves in June 2020.

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The news today is full of stories of dislocated people on the move. Wild species, too, are escaping warming seas and desiccated lands, creeping, swimming, and flying in a mass exodus from their past habitats. News media presents this scrambling of the planet’s migration patterns as unprecedented, provoking fears of the spread of disease and conflict and waves of anxiety across the Western world. On both sides of the Atlantic, experts issue alarmed predictions of millions of invading aliens, unstoppable as an advancing tsunami, and countries respond by electing anti-immigration leaders who slam closed borders that were historically porous.

But the science and history of migration in animals, plants, and humans tell a different story. Far from being a disruptive behavior to be quelled at any cost, migration is an ancient and lifesaving response to environmental change, a biological imperative as necessary as breathing. Climate changes triggered the first human migrations out of Africa. Falling sea levels allowed our passage across the Bering Sea. Unhampered by barbed wire, migration allowed our ancestors to people the planet, catapulting us into the highest reaches of the Himalayan mountains and the most remote islands of the Pacific, creating and disseminating the biological, cultural, and social diversity that ecosystems and societies depend upon. In other words, migration is not the crisis–it is the solution.

About the Author

Sonia Shah¬†is a science journalist and prizewinning author. Her writing on science, politics, and human rights has appeared in¬†The¬†New York Times,¬†The Wall Street Journal,¬†Foreign¬†Affairs,¬†Scientific American, and elsewhere, and she has been featured on¬†Radiolab,¬†Fresh Air, and, where her talk ‚ÄúThree Reasons We Still Haven‚Äôt Gotten Rid of Malaria‚ÄĚ has been viewed by more than a million people around the world. Her book¬†The Fever¬†was long-listed for the Royal Society‚Äôs Winton Prize for Science Books, and¬†Pandemic¬†was named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a¬†New York Times Book Review¬†Editors’ Choice.

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