In the face of unprecedented challenges, humanity is on the move

Our ancestors migrated to survive. Today, in the face of climate change and conflict, millions are driven to find new homes.

On India’s Sagar Island, Sandhya Rana navigates her flooded village. Like many on the Bay of Bengal coast in India and Bangladesh, her family members are struggling to adapt to their changing circumstances. Whatever the next normal is, writes Parag Khanna, it will not adapt to us—we will have to adapt to it.
Photograph by Arko Datto, Nat Geo Image Collection

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