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We invite Bristol’s communities to City Hall on 10th December 2019, 9am – 1pm, to help shape the conversation on climate change and climate change and migration.



We are all affected by climate change. Bristol’s international community has first-hand experience of the impacts and Bristol is starting to become more aware of the issue locally. The question is: how can our communities respond?

Climate change is happening at a faster rate than we thought. And it seems, much faster than we are acting on it.

Around the world we are already seeing drought, crop-failures, flooding and migration. Bristol itself is vulnerable to climate change. There is a real risk to our food systems, to our economy and of increasing extreme weather, and the poorest communities will be hit first. As temperatures rise and places become more difficult to live in, we will see more people being forced to move, with effects all around the world, in Europe and here in the UK.

The transition we will see because of climate change has great potential to enhance Bristol and our larger society. We have the choice to be proactive instead of reactive. We have the choice to embrace transition and imagine a safer world of opportunity for all.

We need the voices of our communities to help shape this discussion on climate change and climate change and migration.


– How will climate change affect us and how does your community feel about this?

– What role does climate change play in forcing people to move and what does this mean for Bristol?

– How can you shape the messages on these issues for your community and city?


We cannot do this without you. This is our Bristol and this is a defining point in history. Let’s come together to imagine how we can shape these critical issues of our time to create a safer city and future for all.

Please share this event with people in your community and any community groups you have connections to.



  • Introduction and closing remarks – Forward Maisokwadzo, Inclusion Advisor to the Mayor of Bristol
  • Welcome – Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
  • Climate change predictions and impacts – Dr Jo House, University of Bristol
  • Experiences from Cyclone Idai – Dominik Byrne, Programme Lead Consultant for Bristol Link with Beira, Mozambique
  • Climate change and migration – April Humble, Researcher on climate change, migration and border security
  • Lived migrant experience – Ahmed Aden and Xhemile Kaza, Bristol Refugee Rights VOICE Project
  • Custodianship of our Lands and our Communities – Daithi O’Suilleabhain
  • Bristol’s Climate Strategy – Alex Minshull, Sustainable City and Climate Change Service Manager, Bristol City Council


This event is co-hosted by the Mayor of Bristol, Bristol City Council, Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol Refugee Rights and Bristol City of Sanctuary.


The event is open to people over the age of 16years as well as parents with young babies.


Reserve your space on Eventbrite.

Email: [email protected]


As this event is just before the election, we would like to remind all participants and speakers to respect that this is an a-political event and that no one will be allowed to, or given platform to, talk about elections or campaigning.


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