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Documentary Film: Climate Refugees: The Global Impact of Climate Change (2010, 86 min.)

March 24, 2020 - May 8, 2020

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This 2010 documentary by Michael Nash explores the global impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics, turning the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences. The filmmakers traveled the world for nearly 3 years to document the impact of climate change, witnessing people forced to leave their homes by climatic events with little or no protection. The film features a variety of scientists, relief workers, security consultants, and political figures—all of whom make a strong case that, whether human-caused or a product of nature, the changing climate is already creating humanitarian disasters and will inevitably lead to worldwide instability.


March 24, 2020
May 8, 2020




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