Climate Justice Month

Climate Justice Month—April 2018

Climate change is perhaps the most challenging global issue that humanity will face for generations to come. The consequences of climate change are playing out all over the world in ways that exacerbate already challenging and interconnected issues of food security, water security, international security, human health, and inequality. And vulnerable portions of humanity—those who have little power in climate debates and who have contributed relatively little to the causes of climate change—experience the most severe harm. The Climate Stories Collaborative presents this series of events to shine a spotlight on the stories of lives and livelihoods disrupted by climate change, and to motivate participants to engage in efforts to address climate justice issues in the present and future. See our Sponsors and Partners list below.

April 4

7:00 p.m.

I.G.Greer Auditorium

Climate Refugees

Screening of the award-winning film, Climate Refugees, which examines climate change induced displacement in 48 countries around the world. Climate related drivers of human migration include sea level rise and the increasing occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts, floods, and wildfires. Watch trailer at This screening is also part of the Sustainability Film Series in partnership with ASU's Office of Sustainability and is co-sponsored by Belk Library.



April 9

5:30 p.m.

Parkway Ballroom
(PSU Rm 420)

Addressing Climate Change Through the Arts
Chantal Bilodeau

Public seminar by playwright Chantal Bilodeau whose work involves storytelling to engage audiences in understanding of climate justice issues. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, which produces plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states; the founder of the blog and international network Artists and Climate Change, and a co-founder of Climate Change Theatre Action. Read the artist's bio at

Students will be involved in this event in several ways: 1) Bilodeau's points will be illustrated through a reading by several Theatre students, 2) the event will include a dance piece choreographed by Sustainable Development major and Dance minor Natalie Willmschen, and 3) the event will feature a poster session featuring the work of two sections of an Environmental Justice course (SD 2800).


April 11

7:00 p.m.

I.G.Greer Auditorium

America's First Climate Refugees
Chief Albert Naquin

Learn about indigenous communities in Louisiana and Alaska that are becoming America's first climate refugees:
  • Seminar by Traditional Chief Albert Naquin, tribal leader of the Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, which must relocate because their lands on the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana are being destroyed by climate change and associated sea level rise.
  • Screening of the short film We Are All Related Herewhich is focused on the Yup'ik, indigenous Arctic people of Alaska who are also being forced to relocate due to climate change and associated sea level rise. This screening is also part of the Sustainability Film Series in partnership with ASU's Office of Sustainability and is co-sponsored by Belk Library.

April 25

5:30 p.m.

I.G.Greer Auditorium

Community, Culture & Climate Justice
Anthony Oliver-Smith & Elizabeth Marino

Public seminar by two scholars whose work addresses climate displacement and other climate injustices faced by communities around the world. 

  • Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Florida. He has a long record of award-winning research, publications and consultation on issues relating to disasters and displacement in Peru, Honduras, India, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Japan, and the United States. Much of his recent work focuses on climate-induced displacement, migration and resettlement.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Marino is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sustainability at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her research explores the relationships among climate change, vulnerability, slow and rapid onset disasters, human migration, and sense of place. She has also been actively engaged in these issues outside of academia, and recently published a related book, Fierce Climate, Sacred Ground: an Ethnography of Climate Change.
Marino & Oliver-Smith



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Thanks to the Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan for funding support through the Global Learning Funding Opportunities program.




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