Norway-AU Climate Event Featuring Will Steger

Norway-AU Climate Event Featuring Will Steger

What would you do if drastic climate change drove you from your homeland, forcing you to leave behind your culture and your very way of life for foreign lands, strange customs, and unfamiliar environs?

Several American University students asked themselves that question as part of the Royal Norwegian Embassy’s third annual essay contest. This year, AU students were invited to write either (1) the imagined journal of an indigenous person displaced by climate change or (2) a policy brief addressing the legal, ethical, and political issues that will arise when climate refugees flock to nearby countries.

The winners of the essay competition will be announced at an event at American University’s Abramson Family Founders Room, Tuesday, March 29 at 11:20 a.m., which is open to the public. The winners will speak briefly about their essays and their thoughts on climate change.

Also speaking at the event will be Arctic explorer Will Steger, and Norway’s Ambassador to the United States, Wegger Chr. Strommen.

The winners of the contest will travel to Oslo, where they will join the Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century, June 5–7. They will also travel by train to the lovely city of Bergen on the North Sea coast for sightseeing and additional meetings with peers and professional contacts.

American University’s Abramson Family Founders Room
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
20016
Washington, D.C.
Email: shapiro@american.edu

See the online article from the Norway.org website – Mar. 30,2011

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