World Affairs Dialogue

 Friday, July 27, 2018 
3:00pm-4:00pm  
Chautauqua Hall

Each Friday at 3 p.m., the Lakeside Chautauqua World Affairs Dialogue presents an opportunity for thoughtful discussion on breaking events and ongoing world issues. The session is held to promote further learning about world affairs and is not a political forum.

While not required, attendees are encouraged to study the issue in advance and come prepared to participate in discussion with ideas, suggestions and questions. While opinions are welcome, we encourage participants to present factual statements in support of their opinions. Above all, respect for all participants is expected.

On Friday, July 27, moderator Victoria Ashley will continue discussion of migration and refugees. In prior weeks we discussed how civil war, political pressure/unrest, population growth and economic realities lead to migration; this week we will discuss how blistering heat in the poorest countries of the world affect quality of life and lead to migration. While Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America are two major areas of climate-­‐induced migration and concern, our discussion this week will focus on the Asian subcontinent, especially India. For background, please read this July 17, 2018 New York Times article: "In India, Summer Heat May Soon Be Literally Unbearable."

The World Bank recently released a comprehensive report on climate change migration: "Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration"

“…This report, which focuses on three regions—Sub-­Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America that together represent 55 percent of the developing world’s population—finds that climate change will push tens of millions of people to migrate within their countries by 2050. It projects that without concrete climate and development action, just over 143 million people—or around 2.8 percent of the population of these three regions—could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-­‐onset impacts of climate change. They will migrate from less viable areas with lower water availability and crop productivity and from areas affected by rising sea level and storm surges. The poorest and most climate vulnerable areas will be hardest hit. These trends, alongside the emergence of “hotspots” of climate in-­‐ and out-­‐migration, will have major implications for climate-­sensitive sectors and for the adequacy of infrastructure and social support systems. The report finds that internal climate migration will likely rise through 2050 and then accelerate unless there are significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and robust development action…”

As it is a long report, you may wish to download it for reference and background and to learn more on your specific area of interest in this topic.

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs seeks “Citizen Diplomat” volunteers to build bridges of understanding with international visitors to the Cleveland and NEOH area and to assist in international programs throughout the year. If you are in the NE Ohio area and would like to learn more about this and other CCWA programs and/or volunteer please visit their website.

We value your feedback! Since we are now in week 6 of the Chautauqua season, we would like your feedback and input on the World Affairs Dialogue. We have developed a short participant survey; printed copies will be available at the Friday event or you may request a copy by email from the Education Department.

Please join us in Chautauqua Hall on Friday, July 27 at 3 p.m. If you would like to be added to our email distribution list or have suggestions for upcoming topics or questions about the Dialogue, please contact the Education Department at education@lakesideohio.com or 419-798-­4461 ext. 239.

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