Climate refugees

Meeting the first people affected by climate change

“Climate Refugees” tells the story of people affected by global warming, in a journalistic style and with magnificent photos, emphasizing the importance of their links to the environment.

The exhibition was displayed on the facades of three institutions (the French Embassy, the Académie des Beaux Arts and the European Environment Agency) in Copenhagen during COP15 in 2009. Now presented in a travelling format, the exhibition is touring the whole of France.

A book of the same name, with a preface by climatologist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jean Jouzel, was published by In Folio in 2007. The book was simultaneously republished in 2010 by Carré and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Press). The Collectif has also taken part in numerous conferences, notably on the issue of climate refugee status, at the European Parliament.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Earth’s average temperature rose by 0.6°C in the 20th century. The IPCC predicts a rise of 1.8 to 4°C by 2100. The European Environment Agency (EEA) recently predicted a further 4°C in Europe by 2100…

Global warming will drive people into exodus. The UN, which does not yet recognize the status of climate refugees, estimates that 150 million people will probably have to migrate by the end of the century due to global warming. The first displacements have already begun and number in the thousands.

Through nine destinations (Alaska, Tuvalu, Maldives, Chad, Bangladesh, Louisiana, Nepal, Germany and China), the “Climate Refugees” project reports on a reality already underway, and aims to raise awareness of the inevitable amplification of the phenomenon.


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Guy-Pierre Chomette
Donatien Garnier
Aude Raux

Guillaume Collanges
Hélène David
Cédric Faimali
Eleonore Henry de Frahan
Laurent Weyl

Nicolas Pruvost

Céline Pévrier



Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition