Panel: Climate Change Impacts: Relocation to Safer Ground - December 5, 6:30-7:30pm, Columbia University, NY, NY

  • 5 December 2017
  • Start time : 06:30 PM
  • End time : 07:30 PM
  • Event Host : The Earth Institute
  • Event Location : Columbia University - Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, 3rd Floor, New York, NY, 10027, United States
Climate Change, Climate Adaptation, Climate Refugees
Event Description

You are cordially invited to an upcoming panel hosted by Columbia University’s Earth Institute on ‘Climate Change Impacts: Relocation to Safer Ground.’ Join us for this exciting event on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm on Columbia’s Morningside campus. This panel will discuss the issues of retreat and relocation in relation to extreme weather events and climate change.

Around the world, sea-level rise could lead to widespread migration, as people along vulnerable coastlines escape rising water levels. But coastal flooding isn’t the only extreme event that can impact migration patterns. As evidenced just this year in the United States by Hurricanes Maria and Harvey, and the widespread and devastating wildfires in Northern California, there are many types of extreme weather events that require relocation to safer ground.

This panel will discuss the issues of retreat and relocation as they relate to extreme weather events and climate change. The idea of retreating, whether temporary or permanent, is unpopular, controversial and brings a host of challenges. Yet in the United States, extreme weather has displaced people from their homes, causing disruption to communities and lives. The panel will provide an interdisciplinary exploration of the issues and challenges associated with climate-induced migration.

-What does climate science tell us about who may need to migrate? What are the legal issues surrounding managed retreat?
-Is relocation a feasible climate adaptation strategy?
-How can we ensure that people relocate to safe and secure places? Is ‘orderly’ retreat at a large scale even possible?

Panelists will explore these questions and more.

The Earth Institute This event is free and open to the public; RSVP required. The panel will be followed by a reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • The Earth Institute
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Opening Remarks:
      Lisa Goddard, Director, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute

      Radley Horton, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

      Lisa Dale, Lecturer, Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development
      Michael Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
      Marc Levy, Deputy Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, The Earth Institute
  • Event type
    • Panel Discussion

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