Migrant Justice = Climate Justice Workshops

Tripod are collaborating with Migrants Organising on Rights & Empowerment (MORE) and the COP26 coalition on a series of free online workshops exploring the links between climate justice and migrant justice, in the lead-up to the UN COP26 international climate negotiations in Glasgow this year. The sessions are open to all migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and folk with experience of the asylum system and take place on the last Monday of each month, starting in January 2021, from 6-8pm. You can RSVP for the workshops using this form.

If you have any questions about the sessions please contact MORE directly at migrantempowerment@protonmail.com, or drop us a line at info@tripodtraining.org.

We’ll be posting resources for each session on this page.

Session II

22 February 2021 – The second session with Kirtana Chandrasekaran provided an introduction to the UN climate negotiations, its relevance to migrant justice movements and why and how to engage with COP26 later this year.

You can find the slides of the session here:

Dirty energy is at the root of climate injustice, 2 min. video by Friends of the Earth International.

Check out the campaign page by Friends of the Earth Scotland for more info on COP26.

Session I

25 January 2021 – The first session with Mikaela Loach covered basics and framing, exploring climate change and its impacts, are and how we can connect this to migration.

The recording of the session can be found on MORE’s YouTube channel.

You can find the slides of the session here:

Impacts of Climate Change – In the session participants reflected on the very different ways climate change is impacting people across the world, sharing personal experiences of themselves and their families – from Saudi Arabia to Gambia and from Jamaica to Zambia. Our guest speaker Mikaela Loch shared about her research on climate reparations with people of the Pacific Ocean nation of Kiribati, one of the most remote countries of the world. To find out more, you can watch Anote’s Ark or and read this Guardian article. Listen to the latest podcast episode of Hot Take for more on climate reparations.

Campaign messaging – We discussed how we can make the links between climate and migrant justice clearer in our campaign messaging, and how migrants who’ve been impacted by the climate crisis can share their stories, as part of a wider campaign strategy. We’ll come back to that in future sessions – here are some useful resources to get started:

  • 350.org has just brought out a Storytelling Toolkit to support anyone find and tell their personal climate story, without needing expensive or professional equipment.
  • Here is a useful briefing about communicating about climate migration, and the pitfalls to avoid.

With these workshops we aim to support folks from the Scottish diaspora to connect the dots between migrant, racial, and climate justice, to become familiar with climate jargon, the COP process and relevant legal frameworks, and access climate organising spaces. We hope these sessions will support migrant-led campaigning in the lead up to the UN COP26 international climate negotiations in Glasgow in November this year.