Sea Level Rise and Forced Migration: The Challenges for Climate Refugees

ACT, along with local partners, is excited to offer the following free public discussion series:

The Octopus’s Garden? Planning for Sea Level Rise 

Regions around the world are experiencing climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, wildfires, and heat waves, while planning for the long-term effects of sea level rise and coastal storms. These stressors are driving damages and increased costs for communities, and increasing the risk of mass migration.

Building on the success of the Resiliency and YOU talk, this series runs from June-November 2017, and features experts on sea level rise from a variety of backgrounds who will address ways we can adapt and build resilience, with a focus on local to global challenges and solutions. Topics to be addressed include the science and physical challenges to sea level rise, local, provincial and international preparations and initiatives, climate refugees, traditional knowledge and indigenous responses to sea level rise, and finally what to expect globally – and what we can do about it locally.

Join us for the next talk in the series:

October 19, 7 pm: Sea Level Rise and Forced Migration – The Challenges for Climate Refugees


  • Saleemul Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development
  • James Horncastle, Lecturer, Hellenic Studies Program at SFU
  • Anna Zhuo, co-founder of Climate Migrants and Refugees Project

Click here to register for this talk.

Other upcoming talks:

  • November 8, 7 pm: Sea Level Rise – The Big Picture Featuring: John Englander, Oceanographer, Consultant and expert on sea level rise; Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver.

Click here for more information.


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