The Politics of International Immigration and Refugees

July 4, 2017

The politics of international immigration – highlighted by the ongoing European refugee crisis and the drama of the first six months of Donald Trump’s presidency – was the subject of Prof Mark Miller’s American Independence Day Catalyst Trust talk.

US-Mexico tensions had escalated in the wake of Trump’s plan to build a 2000 mile wall – but, he says “walls don’t work and Mexico won’t pay for it”.

Mexicans had served as a bogeyman throughout his campaign – leading to the worst relationship between the two neighbours in Prof Miller’s memory.

Continue reading

Trump on Thin Ice … Fresh Hope for Climate Change?

Screening and discussion on July 2, 2017

Thin Ice – the Inside Story of Climate Science is an exploration of the science behind global warming, an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate. Executive producer and Antarctic researcher Peter Barrett said the science since then has simply strengthened the film’s principle conclusion – that we need to reduce fossil carbon emissions into the atmosphere to zero well before 2100 to preserve the ice sheets and keep the world as we know it.

After screening the film and updating the latest science, Peter explained why he felt optimistic about global climate change responses despite President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Continue reading