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Todd Miller: “Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security”
Thursday, November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Church JP | in the Parish Hall
Join us to hear a bold and unified way, through the lens of climate change, to look at our immigration issues in America and internationally.
Veteran Arizona border journalist Todd Miller has covered hot spots in the US and around the planet. He has worked on immigration and border issues from both sides of the U.S. Mexico divide for organizations such as BorderLinks, Witness for Peace, and NACLA. His new book, Storming the Wall, investigates how the ecological crisis is creating millions climate refugees who are challenging the developed world’s borders and resources. Miller explores how a sense of threat in the United States is giving rise to high-tech surveillance fortresses and fueling calls for an ever-expanding border wall.
“Despite increasingly militarized borders, wealthy nations can’t keep out the real enemy: climate change. While Europe and the U.S. build more walls, design more sophisticated surveillance systems, and add more armed guards to protect national security, their focus on keeping out migrants misses the fact that what needs resolving is the high level of green-house gases that are making many parts of the world impossible to live in. Miller’s eye-opening humanitarian report takes us through the “dry corridor” of Central America, the post-typhoon Philippines, and the American Southwest, documenting the plight of today’s growing numbers of climate refugees. Calling the environment “the new human rights battleground,” Miller shows that we urgently need a legal framework for people displaced by droughts and floods, not more rigorous policing. Best of all would be diverting resources from borders to develop alternatives to the unsustainable consumer society that fueled climate change in the first place.” —Laurie G.
“Nothing will test human institutions like climate change in this century–as this book makes crystal clear, people on the move from rising waters, spreading deserts, and endless storms could profoundly destabilize our civilizations unless we seize the chance to re-imagine our relationships to each other. This is no drill, but it is a test, and it will be graded pass-fail”–Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet