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Name Climate Change, a look at climate migrations

“Name Climate Change” is one of the project financed by Mindchangers and from June 16 to June 20, it will host a photo exhibition realized by the youth involved throughout the project.

The photo exhibition’s will is to reflect on human-induced climate change and the dangerous and widespread upheavals in nature that are affecting the lives of billions of people and living beings around the world. Among the consequences of this situation the increasing migration flows worldwide is one of the most important to address.

Indeed those who suffer most are communities, the most fragile people, those whose jobs depend on their daily relationship with nature. Although the legal status of people forced to move due to environmental disasters and climate change is still not recognized, estimates of environmental migrants for the future are alarming: by 2050 there may be up to 200 million environmental refugees (one person for every 45 in the world), with an average of 6 million men and women forced to leave their territories each year.

But what does climate change looks like? And how does it affect migration flows in our present?

These questions have been answered by the photographic exhibition “Name Climate Change” . The exhibition – which will be hosted in different municipalities throughout 2022 – will debut on 2022 World Refugee Day, with a five-day preview in Alessandria, from Thursday, June 16 to Monday, June 20 (venue: Pittaluga Youth Center, 39 Cavour Street).

The exhibition starts from an in-depth study of migratory phenomena, the causes and the consequences of climate change that involved a group of young people from the area, thanks to the intervention of experts in the fields of environment and migration, including ASGI lawyer Anna Brambilla, who focused in particular on the legal protection of environmental migrants and the difficulties of recognizing their status.

The theoretical training was followed by training in photographic reportage, led by Turin-based photographer Max Ferrero, which supported the youth in the collective construction of the exhibition: twenty faces to tell the story of climate change, bearing as many stories, perspectives, and testimonies of people as possible, who are experiencing, suffering and countering the effects and causes of climate change. Twenty faces that highlight the materiality and intensity of their paths made of choices, which are borne by contingencies and the hope to change the future, for the benefit of all.