On 23 August 2018, EMN organized a public discussion evening entitled "Migration Caused by Climate Change“ in Kino Lumière, Bratislava. The discussion was preceded by screening of the documentary film Anote's Ark.
Kiribati is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While its President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbour overseas.
The screening was followed by a discussion with experts about impacts of climate change on displacement and international migration as well as about tools needed to address situation of people affected by this global phenomenon. Among discussants are Kanta Kumari Rigaud from the U.S. based World Bank Group, Jeffrey Labovitz from International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa in Kenya, and Alexander Ač from the Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
They discussed how can climate change influence migration now and in the future and what are the sustainable solutions for people from the regions that are already affected by the environment degradation. Audience was interested mainly on impacts of climate change in Slovakia and about responsibility for changing climate on individual level.