Displaced; Conversation on Climate, Refugee Crisis & Immigration
We are currently experiencing the largest refugee crisis since World War II, and while there are many layers to what’s unfolding, climate change is fueling the devastation. In the December issue of The Guardian, the chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council warned that climate change is set to cause a refugee crisis of “unimaginable scale,” calling global warming “the greatest security threat of the 21st century.” A senior U.S. general stated that mass migration will become the “new normal,” adding, “There are direct links to climate change in the Arab Spring, the war in Syria, and the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency in sub-Saharan Africa.” His caveat: “Countries are going to pay for climate change one way or another. The best way to pay for it is by tackling the root causes and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. If we do not, the national security impacts will be increasingly costly and challenging.”
*We will collect donations for #KaramFoundation which develops Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributes Smart Aid to Syrian families, and funds Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.
$10 suggested donation.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Sane Energy Project invites you to a forum on how we can support immigrants as well as refugees abroad. The event begins with a segment of Outside the World, an immersive theater experience that places the audience in the shoes of refugees entering a camp. Then we’ll hear presentations by climate scientists, immigration organizers and others, and conclude with an audience Q&A.
Save the Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Patagonia’s Environmental Loft, 2nd floor, 72 Greene Street, between Spring and Broome, in SoHo.
Sonali P. McDermid, Ph.D.- Climate Scientist and Assistant Professor at Dept. of Environmental Studies NYU
Hussam Alrefaie- Journalist from Syria who will join us on Skype
Christina Elhaddad- Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with Arab American Association of NY
Rachel Falcone- Producer of Sandy Storyline, Director of Storyline Media
Jennifer Wenzel- Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Middle East, South Asia and African Studies
with participation from the cast of “Outside the World”:
Created by Monica Hunken