Environmental refugees are now more prevalent than political refugees. This week, news outlets reported a landmark ruling by New Zealand, which granted residency to a family from Tuvalu, for reasons connected to climate change. Sea level rise, along with floods, droughts, desertification, famine, and other climate change impacts are forcing people across the globe to abandon their homelands and the lives they know, even when they have no clear destination. Join us Friday, August 15th, at 7pm, for a free screening of Climate Refugees, a film about the human face of climate change.
The family from Tuvalu is not exceptional. By the middle of the 21st Century, experts predict that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced by climate events. Where will they go? How will their basic needs, like health and safety, be met? How should the international community respond? Political instability is almost guaranteed.
Climate Refugees was filmed in 10 different countries, from Bangladesh to the Maldives, and features interviews with leading scientists, relief workers, security consultants, and major political figures.
Join us for this screening! Light refreshments will be provided, and discussion will follow if time allows. Click here for more details on this event.
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