When Climate and Conflicts Collide — Expert Talk and Film Screening

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•11•22    18:30 - 20:00

    On 22 November 2019, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and UNU will jointly host an expert talk and film screening focusing on climate change and its impacts on migration. Displacement of people is one of the most serious consequences of climate change, which is expected to worsen in coming years; forecasts vary from 25 million to 1 billion environmental migrants by 2050, while the World Bank estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America could see more than 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050.

    Riyanti Djalante (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS) — a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C — will present an overview of climate change issues such as rising sea levels, global warming of 1.5°C versus 2.0°C, and the related impacts on local and global communities. This will be followed by a screening of the film The Climate Limbo, a short documentary that explores the connection between climate change and migration. After the screening, the film’s director, Elena Brunello, will join Dr Djalante to discuss the challenges facing people displaced by climate change and environmental disasters across the globe.

    The film will be in English and Italian with English subtitles, and the discussion will take place in English only (Japanese interpretation will not be provided).


    18:00 Registration

    18:30 – 18:50 Presentation

    • Riyanti Djalante (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS)

    18:50 – 19:30 The Climate Limbo Film Screening

    19:30 – 20:00 Discussion and Q&A

    • Riyanti Djalante (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS)
    • Elena Brunello (Director, The Climate Limbo)


    Advance registration by 21 November 2019 is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the Film

    The Climate Limbo is a documentary written and directed by Elena Brunello, Paolo Caselli, and Francesco Ferri. The message of the film is that climate change affects everybody: the rich and the poor. It is not an “exotic” issue of Africa or a problem belonging to some far-away island struggling with rising sea levels. The Climate Limbo aims to analyse the complexity and consequences of climate change on human lives and environmental-driven migrations, putting the climate change issue in a global frame.

    The film was a Special Mention at the 22nd Cinemambiente (Environmental Film Festival), an official selection at the IOM Global Migration Film Festival 2019, and well-received at many more film festivals worldwide.


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