Home: climate change, migration and our future

18:45 - 20:15
Dec 16th 2020

It is hard to imagine the scale of displacement due to climate change. How do we speak to friends, family and communities about our changing world and the increasing arrival of people seeking sanctuary in Europe? How can we strengthen the resilience of our communities to be open to change for the future? Join us for this engaging conversation.

For more information contact Jo Winsloe Slater on jowinsloe@stethelburgas.org
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The pandemic has highlighted the fragility of the world in which we live and has pulled us in many directions – towards family and friends, as well as to neighbours and our neighbourhoods and out across the world.  It has shown us who we are when uncertainty becomes part of our daily life.  It has shown us our own vulnerabilities and fears, as well as our strengths, and it has highlighted who we can become when we pull together.

Over the coming years strengthening our resilience to change, and building community across our differences will become ever more important as the climate changes and Earth, our common home, becomes increasingly inhospitable and every aspect of our society becomes effected.

One of the most significant of impacts of climate change will be on the movement of people. The projected numbers of climate refugees within the coming decades is in the millions, adding to the many millions of men, women and children who are already displaced across the world due to war, persecution and human rights violations.

For Europe and the UK it is inevitable that we will see many more people seeking sanctuary and refuge.  Some communities will welcome these newcomers; some will fear a scarcity that will impact on their own, or their family’s life, and others will be more hostile and resistent to change.  How will we navigate these tensions and differences?  How will we push against the marginalisation or worse, of those who arrive and whose ways we don’t yet understand?

Join us for a conversation with Guest Speakers Tess Humble and Marwa Belghazi, followed by a Q&A, as we dip into the following themes:

  • What does climate displacement actually look like?
  • How do we speak to friends, family and communities about climate change, refugees and migrants?
  • How do we strengthen the resilience of our communities to be open to change?
  • What response can we make individually and collectively?

Who is this for?

  • Activists, peace makers and community organisers
  • Faith and community leaders
  • Researchers and practitioners
  • Those who have experienced displacement

How to take part:

Please register above.  This is an online event and a zoom link will be sent before or by early afternoon on 16 December.

Guest Speakers:

Tess Humble, on Movement in a warming world

Tess has worked with refugees for over ten years including at the militarised border spaces around Europe. From setting up the first project to get safe life jackets to refugees, to working in solidarity to stave off destitution for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, she has witnessed multiple brutal faces of the dehumanisation of those on the move. Interested in border imperialism, Tess researches and talks on how border security is developing across the globe and what this means for a world increasingly on the move under climate change.

Marwa Belghazi, on The welcomer

Marwa Belghazi is a Moroccan storyteller and multilingual practitioner based in the UK. She has been on the frontline of resettling refugees in various London boroughs and currently leads on the strategy of integration in Kingston Upon Thames with the charity Refugee Action Kingston. She draws strength from the disciplines of community organising, performance, and popular education.

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18:45 - 20:15
Dec 16th 2020