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First Peoples’ Convening on Climate-Forced Displacement

UPDATE: On November 30, 2018 participants in the First Peoples’ Convening on Climate-Forced Displacement released its declaration. Click here to read the declaration.


In the last 10 years, millions of people have been displaced due to the impacts of climate change. Rising seas, melting permafrost, erosion, and flooding are causing entire communities to relocate.

Representatives of some impacted communities in Bangladesh, the Pacific Islands, the United States, including some Alaska Native communities, will convene in Girdwood, Alaska, for a three-day gathering to discuss the impacts of climate change on their communities and to share strategies about how to address the devastating effects of climate-forced displacement.

This convening will bring together those living on the forefront of the climate change crisis to exchange ideas, develop strategies, and strengthen relationships that will advance climate justice.

More than 60 representatives from the following regions will be attending the convening. Explore these areas:

Convening Partners

Our dear friends at the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (AUUF) will welcome UUSC and our partners to Alaska the weekend before the convening. Read our interview with Amanda Mack, AUUF’s board president, to learn about what their congregation has done to address the issue of climate change in Alaska.

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