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Climate Migration: Research, Analyze, Implement - What can We Learn from Other Places?

October 22, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Climate change is a human rights issue. 13 million U.S. coastal residents are projected to be displaced by 2100 due to sea level rise alone, while many thousands are already being forced out of their homes due to hurricanes, flooding and wildfires. Uncoordinated and piecemeal efforts at the federal level leave the burden on local governments to prepare for the short and long-term impacts of these population movements in both receiving and shrinking communities. Adequate planning and preparation to reduce risk and avoid catastrophic outcomes must prioritize frontline communities and ensure that local residents are active participants in these efforts. Climate migration may also present opportunities for “climate haven” communities to grow safely, sustainably, and equitably if planning is coordinated and thoughtful. 

This webinar will showcase recent research and work compiled by Conservation Law Foundation, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Antioch University on the potential impacts of climate induced migration on receiving communities. Discussion will also center on how cities and towns across the country can start to plan and engage their community members on preparing for these impacts. Strategies to address climate-induced migration must prioritize the most impacted and least resourced communities.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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