EJF's photography exhibition at the National Theatre tells the stories of people living at the frontlines of climate change.
The exhibition contains photographic and filmed portraits of climate refugees from Bangladesh and Sami people from the Arctic, whose way of life is threatened by climate change. These have been captured by EJF, and people's own stories have been produced as audio dramatisations by playwright Ursula Rani Sarma.
You can access the live experience from anywhere in the world on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube on 26 October 2018. To watch the films at any time during 26 October – 2 November, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nowheretocallhome or go to the National Theatre’s Instagram TV. The films will also be available to watch in the Lyttelton Foyer.
The exhibition will be supported by events and panel discussions which explore EJF's work and the pressing need for action on climate change.
Protecting People and Planet with Environmental Justice Foundation Friday 26 October, 6.15pm
EJF is working in some of the world’s toughest and most remote countries to shine an international spotlight on the environmental and human rights abuses that too often go unnoticed. By looking at environmental security through a human rights lens, we aim to mobilise concern, garner support and drive international action for lasting change. Join us for an evening of film and debate. A talk with Executive Director Steve Trent which addresses EJF’s work with climate refugees and the compelling political, social, economic, security and moral need to secure both status and protection for people and planet.
Human Flow (film screening) Mon 29 October, 8pm
Filmed over the span of a year, Human Flow was shot by 25 film crews in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Serbia, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, and Turkey.
Ai Weiwei artfully captures the massive and shocking breadth of the global migration crisis in this epic film, which portrays the plight of today’s 65 million displaced individuals – the highest number ever – forced out of their homes by war, famine and climate change, who undertake long, treacherous journeys in search of new lives.
Mission 2020: Will it be a Climate Turning Point? Thursday 1 November, 7.30pm
COP24 (24th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) takes place in Poland in November 2018. This talk explores how COP24 will pave the way for Mission 2020, a package of binding legislation to ensure the EU meets its climate and energy targets for the year 2020 and where the UK fits in post Brexit. Mission 2020 sets three key targets: 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels), 20% of EU energy from renewable sources and 20% improvement in energy efficiency.
Climate change is happening now. It is destroying livelihoods, infrastructure and communities, forcing people from their homes, towns and even countries around the world.
The planet’s poorest and most vulnerable are suffering the worst effects, despite having contributed the least to its cause. However, even developed countries have not and will not escape its devastating impacts.
EJF has interviewed those already suffering from the effects of climate change. In Bangladesh we met people who have had to flee their homes, and in Sweden we met indigenous people whose traditional livelihoods are being threatened. These are a few of the images that will be shown at the exhibition.
Musamat Meherunesa From Gabura Southern Bangladesh
Cyclone Aila destroyed her home in 2009. “When my Father and uncles were alive, before I was married, the weather was better. Yes there was poverty but the environment was suitable for living. We had regular rain. The dry season came on time too. But now, Cyclone Aila devastates everything one day, Cyclone Sidr tears everything apart another day. How can we raise our children here? Will it be possible to save anything for them? There is no certainty. This year alone we have packed up all our belongings in plastic. We think to ourselves, we will last the night? Will we live to see daylight?"
Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, reindeer herder and Sami community leader, northern Sweden
Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen has lost much of his herd this year, as unpredictable weather has made grazing conditions very challenging for the reindeer. He pulled a frozen reindeer calf from the snow, telling us: “This one was starving to death. That’s the climate change.” Unusual levels of rainfall can create a thick layer of ice on top of the snow, meaning reindeer cannot dig through it. Unable to reach the lichen below, they starve.
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