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Back to School with… Lena Knappers & Bram van Ooijen #1


The first in a series of three evening about geopolitics, climate migration and the potentialities of space, taking place on Tuesday 08 October. Tickets for this separate event costs 17,50 euro and include a simple dinner. An entrance package for all three evenings is available for 45 euro. Get them here

Get your Tickets here

Tickets for the separate events are 17,50 euro and include a simple dinner. An entrance package for all three evenings is available for 45 euro.

Session #1 - The Impact of Climate Change on the World

Over the next century we will face several climate crises that might force millions of people to leave their homes. On the first evening of the series, we will discuss the impact of climate change on the world. The starting point of the lecture series is the research and design project ‘Humanity on the Move’ in which Lena Knappers and Bram van Ooijen investigate how we can address this major issue.

Climate-induced migration

The United Nations International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has cited estimates of as many as 25 million to 1 billion climate migrants in the next 30 years, while other projections point to 1.4 billion by 2060.

Climate induced migration takes place disproportionally in low-income countries and intersects with many other causes for displacement. The people most affected by climate change are those already experiencing threats to their lives and livelihoods, including degraded environments, income instability, lack of affordable healthcare, inadequate sanitation, poor governance, and a lack of personal agency or ability to change their circumstances. Nations have an obligation to offer asylum to refugees, but under the legal definitions of the refugee, still based on the 1951 Refugee Convention, this does not include those who have to leave their home because of climate change. Therefore, many people cannot find a safe and healthy place to live because they are not qualified as refugee. At the same time, the world’s wealthiest countries spend more on arming their borders to keep migrants out, than on tackling the climate crisis that forces people from their homes in the first place, even when exactly these prosperous industrial countries have caused climate change and high carbon emission based on coal, oil and gas. Migration flows come at a terrible human cost. It is therefore important to investigate in more just alternatives for the way we are dealing with climate change, migration and the organisation of space today. 


18:00 - 19:00 Doors open and dinner served

19:00 - 20:30 Lecture

21:00 Drinks at the bar

This event is the first in a series of three about geopolitics, climate migration and the potentialities of space, curated by Lena Knappers and Bram van Ooijen. The lecture series derives from the research and design project ‘Humanity on the move’, which was part of the open call ‘designing a climate just world’, organised and subsided by the EFL Foundation. More info here.