Climate Sessions

Climate and Human Mobility 101

During this session, we will introduce participants to the ways that our climate is changing, and how both sudden extreme events and long-term climate shifts are impacting the ways that people move. We will provide an overview of key concepts related to climate action (e.g., mitigation, adaptation, resilience) and human mobility (displacement, migration, planned relocation); and describe opportunities and challenges in mapping current climate-related migration and in projecting future trends.

Climate Change Impacts and Community Responses in the US

During this session, we will discuss how communities in the US are experiencing and responding to climate change, including efforts to remain safely in place, and difficult decisions to relocate out of harm’s way. Communities throughout the US are already feeling the impacts of climate change. We will also discuss how too often, BIPOC communities face disproportionate risks from sudden climate events, such as storms or floods, as well as slow-onset climate changes, like sea-level rise.

Climate Change Impacts and Community Responses Around the World

During this session, we will explore how communities in different parts of the world are responding to climate change, including through adapting livelihoods and preparing for disaster risks where they are; and, for some, through migration. We will discuss how communities around the world who have contributed the least to climate change are feeling its impacts most acutely. We will also explore how the exchange of ideas to respond to climate change benefits the most from the inclusion of Indigenous communities and other marginalized groups.

Shaping Policies to Reflect Dignity and Human Rights

During this session, we will share ways that we can stand with people displaced by climate change within the US and around the world, through policies that reflect dignity and human rights. Speakers will describe how we can live out our long-held value to welcome the stranger by expanding pathways for safe migration and developing new safeguards for people displaced by climate change – while ensuring the dignity and autonomy of climate-impacted people to make informed decisions for themselves.

Meeting with Decision Makers in an Impactful Way

During this session, participants will learn how we can meet with elected leaders to advocate effectively for what our communities need. We will provide you with tangible skills that you can use to help educate and advocate with elected leaders in Washington DC or in your home district. We all have the power and the human right to take action alongside people impacted by climate change.

Engaging in Climate Action, Collectively and Individually

During this session, we will share ways that we can take action to bring about systemic changes that can avert unnecessary harm and suffering. We will discuss how communities of faith stand for climate justice for all people, and for future generations. We will discuss how efforts to stop further human-made climate change, including an urgent shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, are critical to avoiding the most extreme scenarios.

Communicating Effectively About Climate and Displacement

During this session, we will explore how we can use both our ears and our voice to communicate effectively about climate and displacement. Conversations about climate change can be challenging for many reasons. Participants will learn how listening with empathy is one way that we can build trust with people who feel climate change most acutely, including in communities where displacement is a risk. Participants will also learn how effective storytelling can help us communicate our local efforts as part of a larger narrative of climate action, dignity, and human rights.

Planning and Linking Our Actions Across Communities

During this session, participants will identify ways to build collective action to be able to continue to collaborate across their communities; and will be invited to share these in the closing plenary. Using small breakout groups and open discussion, we will offer participants an opportunity to reflect and share ideas for follow-up action. The accelerating climate crisis requires a collective response, which requires as many of us as possible to participate.