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Event examines impact of climate change on movement of people

Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

AN EVENT at City Hall later today (21 June) will address the impact of climate change on people from around the world.

Stories of Climate Change and Migration is an evening of talks and discussion being held to mark Refugee Week 2017 (19-25 June).

It is being hosted by Leicester City Council, Leicester Friends of the Earth and the social justice organisation Global Justice Leicester.

The event aims to highlight the link between ongoing climate change phenomena and global refugees.

Six speakers will give their personal stories of how climate change is affecting people in different regions of the world, including the Caribbean, Bangladesh and the Philippines. There will also be displays giving more information.

The event will be introduced by Cllr Manjula Sood, assistant city mayor responsible for communities and equalities, with a closing speech from Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor responsible for the environment.

Cllr Clarke said: Extreme weather such as floods and very dry summers can lead to the displacement of people. This evening we’ll look at the impact climate change is having in various regions around the world, and consider what the knock-on effects will be for people and for places.

“I’m looking forward to hearing these experienced speakers talk about the way climate change affects the movement of people across the world.”

The event, which starts at 5.30pm, is free to attend and open to all. To register your attendance, visit eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘climate change’.

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