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WAC of Maine, American Security Project and the Natural Resource Council of Maine co-sponsor forum “National Security Impacts of Climate Change, Portland” on April 5

April 5, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Climate change threatens America’s national security as well as communities around the world. Climate change effects like extreme weather, food and water scarcity, and sea-level rise can lead to political instability and even war. The U.S. military, intelligence community, and nations around the world are taking these threats seriously. Please join us for two forums exploring how climate change is disrupting communities around the world and impacting America’s national security.

These events are free and open to the public, but for planning purposes RSVP are requested. Both events are co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, American Security Project, and the World Affairs Council of Maine.


Climate Change: Disrupting Lives, Lands, and Communities Around the World
Thursday, April 5 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine

The climate around the world is changing, contributing to droughts, floods, sea-level rise, and extreme weather events. In some nations, water and food shortages have been linked to political instability and forced migration. Some recent immigrants to Maine have left their homelands because of such instability. Hearing their perspectives helps all of us better understand the long-term impacts of climate change as an unfolding environmental and humanitarian crisis. Join us for a roundtable discussion with Lt. Gen. Castellaw and new Mainers from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have perspectives to share about how climate change is impacting their homelands.



National Security Impacts of Climate Change
Thursday, April 5 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine

Climate change threatens America’s national security, and our military, intelligence community, and nations around the world are taking it seriously. From sea-level rise threatening U.S. bases internationally, to climate change effects like extreme weather and food and water scarcity, climate change is a disruptive force that can lead to political instability and even war.

This evening event will bring together Maine’s U.S. Senator Angus King, who serves on both the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, with military and foreign policy experts, including Lieutenant General John Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) and Roger Sorkin, Executive Director and Producer of the American Resilience Project. They will discuss how climate change will impact America’s national security and what measures Congress and the Defense Department will need to take to address these concerns.




April 5, 2018
3:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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University of Southern Maine
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Portland, Maine 04103
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