“If we do not change our negative attitudes toward climate change,we can count on worldwide disruptions in food production, resulting in mass migration,refugee crises and increased conflict over scarce natural resources like water and farmland. This is a recipe for major security problems.” ~Michael Franti
Heartbreaking images are still emerging from the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, where devastating flooding has impacted 2.6 million people. Eighteen months ago, Category 5 Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico, leaving millions without power for months and causing many to relocate to the U.S. mainland. In November of 2018, 50,000 people were displaced by the massive Camp Fire which leveled the town of Paradise, California. Whether on the other side of the globe or right here in the Western United States, the frequency and severity of climate-related disasters, from droughts to wildfires to hurricanes, are increasing as global temperatures rise and impact human existence and security. It is estimated that one person is forced from their home by disaster every second!
If we are to address these issues and ensure our security for future generations, we must see the problem in its entirety with all its global implications and we must be responsible enough to engage with each other in ways that instill compassion, respect and accountability. What is our responsibility to those who are seeking shelter? Will we continue to place our faith in more secure borders, whether they be traced by walls or monitored by drones? Or will we recognize that boundaries between countries also carry the implicit promise of cooperation and mutual progress? Will we work for more equitable access to resources, or will we turn our backs on the most vulnerable? The JRPC has joined with Climate Smart Missoula and Soft Landing to bring award-winning journalist and author Todd Miller here to Missoula for a conversation on “Refuge in a Changing World: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security” at 6:30 pm in the UC Theater. Please join us to continue this important conversation…Abby Huseth, Clem Work, and Betsy Mulligan-Dague
PS, We still have some seats left at two our great international dinners. Check out the following and give us a call to reserve your seat!
- le Tour de France with Suzzette Dussault on Saturday, June 29, 2019…1 plate left @ $70
- An International Food Journey for Local Connoisseurs by Udo and Nancy fluck on Saturday, August 3, 2019…3 plates left @ $180 ea
Monday, April 1, 6:30-8 pm, UC Theater. Refuge in a Changing World: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security with author Todd Miller. There will be discussion after and a chance to buy signed books. Sponsored by JRPC, Climate Smart Missoula, Soft Landing Missoula, and UM History, Climate Change and Journalism Depts.