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Climate Displacement: Food Insecurity and Genocide

Part 1 in a Two-Part Series
1:00pm ET
United States

Event Description

Join HIAS, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, and Jewish World Watch for a two-part series that unpacks the interconnected forces of climate change, conflict, and displacement, and learn how HIAS’ teams in Kenya and Chad are responding to these challenges.

In Part 1, Lauren Pucci, Director of Emergency Response at HIAS, and Serena Oberstein, Executive Director at Jewish World Watch, will discuss the role of climate change in food and resource scarcity in Darfur, how this issue was used as a weapon in the onset of genocide two decades ago, and how these factors contribute to ongoing displacement today. Joseph Havyarimana, Deputy Program Director and Area Manager at HIAS Chad, will join the conversation to explain the reality on the ground as well as the groundbreaking permagardening program that puts food agency back into our clients’ hands. The conversation will be moderated by Naama Haviv, Vice President of Community Engagement at Mazon.

About the Series

Climate scientists agree that we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a massive scale in order to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. In Sub-Saharan Africa, hotter, dryer growing seasons lead to lower yields both for farmers and for nomadic herders, creating conflict around access to basic resources. Extremist groups and authoritarian regimes use these conditions to recruit and radicalize disillusioned youth, create hostility, and control populations. More than 80% of refugees are hosted in countries that neighbor their own, straining resources in host communities and making refugee protection issues more sensitive.

Unless wealthier nations like the United States take bold decisive action to drive down greenhouse gas emissions, by the year 2050, 300 million people will live in homes below the elevation of annual coastal flooding, while other regions will see devastating increases in droughts, leading to water and food insecurity.

This series is made up of two stand-alone programs linked to each other by the issues of climate change and displacement.

Click here to register for Part 2 of this series.




Serena Oberstein
Executive Director at Jewish World Watch
Lauren Pucci
Director of Emergency Response at HIAS
Joseph Havyarimana
Deputy Program Director and Area Manager at HIAS Chad
Naama Haviv
Vice President of Community Engagement at Mazon