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Please join WRI for the Washington, DC premiere of the film "Climate Refugees" as part of the 18th Annual DC Environmental Film Festival.

The film will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a panel discussion with the film's director Michael Nash and WRI experts on climate change adaptation.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. Registration is required; please contact Robert Kimball,

Climate Refugees
There is a new phenomenon in the global arena called the climate refugee. A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, leading to increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, massive flooding and tornadoes. All this is causing mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term climate wars is being talked about in war room-like environments in Washington, D.C. Yet, despite the increasing number of climate refugees, not one single international law gives them asylum or even a helping hand.

Michael Nash
Michael Nash is the director of Climate Refugees, and will be joining our panel discussion after the film. Nash previously directed "Fuel" - a docu-drama about alternative power sources, that won the Grand Jury award in the Lisbon International Film Festival in 2007. He was also the recipient of a 2007 Global Innovation Award.

The Environmental Film Festival
The DC Environmental Film Festival is in its 18th year. In 2009 it screened 141 documentaries with a total audience of 25,000 at the screenings.