Actions and Detail Panel
Thu 23 February 2017, 18:30 – 21:30 GMT
How environmental change creates refugees, and why we need to talk about migration
To mark HOPE not Hate’s week of action on migration, Friends of the Earth and HOPE not Hate present an evening of discussion on the links between climate change and migration and why those of us who feel solidarity with migrants need to engage in a national discussion.
UN figures show that on average, 21.5m people are displaced by weather-related hazards every year. From droughts in Sub-Saharan Africa to devastating flooding in Bangladesh, climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather.
And the social and economic problems caused by climate change act as ‘threat multipliers’ in many of today’s conflicts, sowing the seeds for violence and making displacement worse when it happens.
The human cost of the refugee crisis is enormous and the response of developed countries has been inadequate. We know that failure to act swiftly and decisively to tackle climate change will only make things worse.
In the UK migrants and refugees face huge barriers to receiving the help and support they need. And some politicians and sections of the media are stirring up toxic debates to poison public opinion against refugees and migrants.
Please join us for this important discussion on how we can work together to protect people fleeing the multiple effects of environmental change, and show solidarity with refugees and migrants across the world.
We’ll be hearing from:
Asad Rehman: Head of International Climate, Friends of the Earth
John Page: Head of Organising, Hope not Hate
Tatiana Garavito: National Organiser, Migrant communities
We'll have time for small-group discussions so that everyone gets to contribute to the conversation, and we'll finish with light refreshments and a chance to network.