Climate Change, Climate Change Refugees, and Public Art

Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

In Let Them Drown, the 2016 London Edward W. Said lecture, Naomi Klein called attention, as Rob Nixon's Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor had done, to the nexus of climate change, (colonial) racism and poverty. But she shifted the spotlight onto the oft-overlooked low-lying island nations. And their current-day situation is dire.

In her talk, Professor Christina Gerhardt presents how climate change has fueled social uprisings and makes life untenable in certain parts of the globe. It is one of the factors motivating migration, yet frameworks for acknowledging the existence of climate change refugees vary. Professor Gerhardt will discuss the status and upsides and downsides of the term. She will frame and reframe perceptions of climate change impacts and their relationship to the ongoing refugee crisis. She will also discuss public art that brings attention to the nexus of sea level rise and climate change refugees., 510-643-4558