Local Gathering | UUA@UN
Climate-Based Displacement

Local Gathering | UUA@UN
Climate-Based Displacement

UUCC is hosting a LOCAL GATHERING in conjunction with the UUA@UN’s Annual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, and you are invited!

Join UUCC Youth & the UUCC Climate Team for an afternoon of learning and connecting with other UUs in the region on Sunday, April 24. The topic of the Spring Seminar and this Local Gathering is climate-based displacement

It’s an afternoon of events & activities, including a forum on climate, forced migration, and immigration, and ending with a community art project – and all events are free to attend!


WHO Anybody interested in hearing from experts on climate-based displacement & human rights OR anybody interested in connecting with other UUs working for climate justice
WHAT An afternoon of learning & engagement through art and listening
WHEN Sunday, April 24 from 11:30 AM-3:00 PM
WHERE The Owen Brown Interfaith Center (7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045)

All events will take place at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center (7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia Way, 21045) on Sunday, April 24. Please remain masked while you are in the building. The Community Art Project will take place outdoors. 

You do NOT need to register to attend, but if you can, please RSVP here so we have an estimate of how many people will be here.

AGENDA for Sunday, April 24

10:00AM UUCC WORSHIP SERVICE (optional) – more information
This event is also available on Zoom at https://uuma.zoom.us/j/94520192116
In this forum, we will explore some of the inter-relationships between Climate Change, forced migrations, and US immigration policies. Our panelists will be author Todd Miller and UUCC member Dr. Krista Rand.

Todd Miller has researched, worked on and written about border issues for 15 years. He is the author of Storming the Wall, Border Patrol Nation and Build Bridges, Not Walls. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones and The Nation.

Dr. Krista Rand is a disaster resilience engineer whose research interests include socially vulnerable populations in crisis. Most recently, Dr. Rand built new methodologies and models to help estimate the duration of involuntary displacement post-disaster as a function of infrastructure destruction, and continues to apply novel and complementary remote sensing and geospatial skills to various problems related to involuntary displacement, migration, and civil unrest.

Our moderator is Teaghan Verow McLaughlin. Teaghan is a 16-year-old homeschooled sophomore from Maryland. She was raised in a UU church, which was a foundation for her interest in social justice. Teaghan spends her free time doing theatre, playing music, and hanging out with her dogs. She is excited to be collaborating with so many passionate people who are working towards a better future.

This is a time for all of us to introduce ourselves, our congregations, and what we’re doing for climate education and justice. 
UUCC youth will lead us in a modular community art project together as a way to reflect and engage with the topics of migration and climate justice. 
3:00PM END


You don’t need to register to attend on April 24, but if you get the chance, please RSVP below so we have a sense of how many people to expect.


Contact Teaghan Verow McLaughlin (UUCC youth) at teagoannie@gmail.com or Valerie Hsu (UUCC Executive Director) at valerie@uucolumbia.net.


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