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October 13, 2022 RAPID RESPONSE

Code Red: Climate Crisis and Migration

For years, scientists have warned of climate change and the resulting crisis. With the crisis now here, extreme conditions are occurring with greater frequency in the United States and around the globe. The resulting changes in global temperatures are, in turn, causing water shortages, drenching rainfall, rapid snowmelt, flash flooding, drought conditions persisting in the southwestern U.S., and the heretofore unthinkable–the Arctic’s disappearing ice. Climate change has made extreme weather increasingly normalized and an unwelcome part of everyday life. Some extreme events are reported by the news, while others such as that in Pakistan– where floods have submerged more than a third of the country and killed at least 1,300 people– are not often reported. Its neighbor, India, has also suffered a heat wave with devastating effects. As a result of this crisis, a great migration has begun. Climate migrants are moving both within and outside of their borders, with a significant toll on migrants and receiving countries.

During this webinar, we hear from leading experts, including lawyers from Canada and India, an expert in international and internal displacement, and a medical director on the physical and psychological effects and strategies for coping. We don’t have all the answers, but it is imperative that we–individually and collectively–know as much as we can about this evolving climate crisis. What actions can be done to mitigate this crisis, and is it too late?


  • Bryan J. Buttigieg, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Dr. Lisa Doggett, Family Physician; Co-Founder and President, Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Dr. Elizabeth Ferris, Research Professor, and Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Sanjay Notani, Partner, Economic Laws Practice 


  • Richard Pena, President and CEO, Law Offices of Richard Pena, P.C.; Vice Chair, Rights of Immigrants Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice


Presentation: Lisa DoggettBryan J. Buttigieg

Climate Change & Displacement: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, What We Need to Figure Out | Perry World House

Climate Migrants Can’t Wait for Global Frameworks | Wilson Quarterly

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