Migration as Survival in the Era of Climate Crisis

Monday, Feb 4, 2019

The Department of Art & Public Policy is a proud co-sponsor of the Migration as Survival in the Era of Climate Crisis panel hosted by the A/P/A Institute at NYU, 6.30pm-8.30pm on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South.

The panel will convene journalists, activists, organizers, scholars and artists to consider an intersectional movement for migrant rights and climate justice.

Rising sea levels, drought, food insecurity, intensified hurricanes, and wildfires are some of the many markers of the exacerbating climate crisis. Despite the clear and present danger of climate change, governments are failing to take the action needed to stave off its worst effects. Meanwhile, tens of millions of people, primarily from poor communities and the Global South, are displaced by climate impacts every year only to be met by rising xenophobia, anti-migrant sentiment, and militarized borders. This panel brings together journalists, activists, frontline organizers, academics, and artists to discuss the inextricable links between migration and climate catastrophe. We consider what an intersectional movement for migrant rights and climate justice could look like, the threat posed by right-wing populist governments to the rights of migrants, and the role of arts and culture in creating bold visions for a just future.

Featuring Oscar A. Chacón (Executive Director, Alianza Americas), Oliver Milman(Reporter, The Guardian), Tiara R. Na’puti (Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder), and Ninaj Raoul (Executive Director, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees). Curated and moderated by Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage, the A/P/A Institute at NYU 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence.