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Writers LIVE: John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins, Rising Tide: Climate Refugees in the 21st Century

Writers LIVE: John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins, Rising Tide: Climate Refugees in the 21st Century

Rising Tides sounds an urgent wakeup call to the growing crisis of climate refugees, and offers an essential, continent-by-continent look at these dangers. Over the next few decades, as sea levels rise, storms intensify, and drought and desertification run rampant, hundreds of millions of civilians will abandon their homes, cities, and even entire countries. What will happen to these massive numbers of environmental refugees? Where will they go, what rights will they have, and who will take care of them? Detailing a number of solutions, John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins argue that no nation can tackle this universal problem alone. The crisis of climate refugees requires global, concerted solutions beyond the strategic, fiscal, and legal capability of a single country or agency.

John R. Wennersten is an environmental affairs writer and author of Global Thirst: Water and Society in the 21st Century. The Maryland Humanities Commission recently selected him as a Maryland Millennial Scholar.

Communications Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Denise Robbins is a writer and communications expert on climate change issues in Washington, DC. A graduate of Cornell University, she regularly publishes articles dealing with all aspects of global and national environmental change, with a focus on regional politics.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund. 

Recorded On: Wednesday, October 11, 2017