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:
- Climate Justice Resilience Fund (Co-Sponsor)
- Alaska Institute for Justice
- Alaska Native Science Commission
- Ecological Solutions Foundation Trust Board
- Hatohobei Organization for People and Environment
- Live & Learn Kiribati
- Lowlander Center
- Marshall Islands Conservation Society
- Pacific Climate Warriors (350 Pacific)
- Te Toa Matoa
- Tulele Peisa
- Tuvalu Association of Non-Governmental Organizations
- Young Power in Social Action
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.
Interesting Reads: Learn More About Climate Change
- June 29, 2018: A Warming World Creates Desperate People
- August 2, 2018: We Are All Climate Refugees Now
- August 9, 2018: Indigenous Peoples Least Responsible for the Climate Crisis
- October 3, 2018: This Woman Came All the Way to Alaska from the Pacific Islands to Talk Climate Change
- October 5, 2018: Climate Activists Say Snowy Alaska and Sunny Kiribati Share ‘One Story’ of Climate-Forced Displacement
- A Community-Centered Approach to Climate-Forced Migration (Video)
- Understanding Climate-Forced Displacement (PDF)
- First Peoples’ Convening on Climate-Forced Displacement Press Release
- UUSC’s Approach to Address Climate-Forced Displacement
- Partnering with Ecological Solutions in the Solomon Islands
- Channeling Community Wisdom to Address Climate Change in Kiribati
- Contact Salote Soqo, UUSC Senior Partnership Officer for Climate Justice and Crisis Response
Photo by Brian Adams