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Climate Change Conference Explores Worldwide Refugee Impacts

People walking through a flood of water with their belongings.

From floods to wildfires and droughts, climate change increasingly drives extreme weather events that force people from their homes, adding to the growing number of displaced people worldwide. On March 16, the Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference, at the Lake Shore Campus, will explore how this phenomenon is impacting communities both globally and locally. A streaming option for viewing the event will also be available online.

Participants will hear from Yves Umuhoza, chief executive officer and chief engineer at Assorted Energies International, sharing his experience as a refugee and discussing his work as a climate and refugee education advocate.

Other speakers include Father Tom Smolich, executive director of Jesuit Refugee Services, discussing the Jesuit response to refugee crises worldwide; and Shelly Culbertson, an international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, addressing how climate-related migration will test the fragile limits of international cooperation and governance.

Location: Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago. Register at