Visualizing the Climate Crisis:
Climate Migration

This is the fifth talk of the series, Visualizing the Climate Crisis, which explores the potential and the role that contemporary photography, together with different disciplines, can have in addressing the multi-layered theme of climate change. The series features visual journalists doing evidence-based, research-informed, image-led reporting on climate issues. They are in conversation with other professionals representing a diverse range of disciplines, trying to explore the possibility of thinking beyond photography in a genuinely trans-disciplinary approach to expand reach, involve the wider public, and move people from being inspired to taking action. 

This talk features Alessio Paduano (Documentary Photographer) and Federica Fragapane (Information Designer), in conversation with Maria Teresa Salvati (Founder and Director of Everything is Connected), moderated by Paul Lowe (Reader in Documentary Photography at UAL, London).

A boy holding a child walks near some houses heavily damaged by the sea in Bargny, Senegal on December 16, 2023. The coastal erosion began in the 1980s but worsened in the early 2000s. Storm surges have become more common and fiercer, like the passage of Hurricane Fred in the night of August 30, 2015. Bargny is currently losing three to four meters of coast each year.

Ph. Credit Alessio Paduano

Climate change is driving extreme weather events and their consequences, leading to a rise in the number of climate refugees. In the worst-case scenario, 1.2 billion people could be displaced by 2050 due to natural disasters and other ecological threats, according to The Institute for Economics and Peace. Over 370 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced by floods, windstorms, earthquakes, or droughts since 2008, with a record 32 million in 2022 alone.

National and international responses to this challenge remain limited, and protection for those affected is inadequate, despite some steps in the right direction. Most importantly, there is no clear definition of a climate refugee, nor are climate refugees covered by the 1951 Refugee Convention. This means that climate cannot currently be cited as a reason for seeking asylum or refugee status.

How can climate migration be visualized? How can we shift perception about this phenomenon? Can visual stories and data visualization work together to tell the whole story to the public?
This series is organized by Everything is Connected; UAL, University of the Arts London; and VII Insider.

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