A recent article from Foreign Policy states: “There are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history.” Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has become the slave trading capital of the world. According to the CIA’s World Factbook, 80% of Haiti’s population lives under the poverty line, and 54% in abject poverty. Furthermore: “Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country’s widespread deforestation.” Only 28.11% of the land is arable, with only 11.53% of it being permanent crops. Furthermore, Haiti lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and is subject to severe storms, occasional flooding, earthquakes, and periodic droughts.
The implications of what Global Warming would have on the country as far as natural disasters go are obvious: increased frequency of hurricanes will ravage the land, and droughts will destroy what little crops the country has now. Although, what are the social implications that Global Warming will have on the people of Haiti and other third world countries already facing strain on their natural resources? Already, human trafficking proves to be popular among poor nations and is a plausible effect of natural resource strain brought on by global warming.