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Room 1400, SFU Harbour Centre

515 W Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


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How does climate change and food insecurity connect to international migration?

Because it is difficult to measure migration and track people’s movements, we are not yet fully aware of how environmental challenges and the industrialization of food production affects immigration.

Which is why it is crucial that we establish a dialogue between academics, students, policy analysts and – most importantly - refugee communities.

This dialogue - hosted by Dr Yıldız Atasoy, Director of the Centre of Sustainable development in collaboration with SFU Public Square and SFU Continuing Studies - is open to people with lived experiences of migration/displacement to share with peers their experiences, reflections, perspectives and opinions regarding environmental changes and food insecurity to guide the direction of further research and collaboration in this topic. We will be joined by Dr Jason W. Moore, an environmental historian, historical geographer, professor of sociology at Binghamton University and coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network.

Spanish, Farsi and Arabic Translation

We have reserved six seats in each session for those requiring Spanish translation, six for those requiring Farsi translation and 12 for those requiring Arabic translation.

Please reserve the appropriate ticket when registering.


We are happy to offer a limited number of $50 honoraria to thank you for your participation in this event. To claim your honoraria please register and email before the event.

Climates of Crisis: Food, Power, and Civilizational Transitions, 1300-2020

Dr. Jason W. Moore

Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is professor of sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Capitalocene o Antropocene? (Ombre Corte, 2017), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things(University of California Press, 2017). His books and essays on environmental history, capitalism, and social theory have been widely recognized, including the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History (2003), the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Section on the Political Economy of the World-System (American Sociological Association, 2002 for articles, and 2015 for Web of Life), and the Byres and Bernstein Prize in Agrarian Change (2011). He coordinates the World-Ecology Research Network.


Tesicca Truong

Tesicca Truong 張慈櫻 (she/her/hers) is an anti-oppressive facilitation specialist, an intersectional community builder, and a serial changemaker. She is a Vietnamese, Chinese, Canadian-settler born and raised on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She co-founded CityHive, a non-profit on a mission to transform the way that young people are involved in decision-making in their cities and co-chaired the inaugural Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference, now in its seventh year. She also helped kickstart Vancouver Youth4Tap, a pro-tap water, anti-bottled water coalition of high school students whose campaign resulted in the installation of one water refill station in every single public high school in Vancouver.

She has served on Vancouver Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force, SFU Senate, the Starfish Canada and the Simon Fraser Student Society. She now serves on the Board of Sierra Club of BC and advises BC’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy as the youngest member on the Climate Advisory Council. For her work, Tesicca was awarded SFU President’s Leadership in Sustainability Award and Vancouver’s Greenest City Leadership Award. She was also named Top 30 under 30 by Corporate Knights and the North American Association for Environmental Education. Outside of work and community activism, Tesicca is learning to decolonize herself and loves to spend time in nature. She is an avid cyclist, kayaker, hiker, longboarder, snowboarder, and rock climber.

Nathalie Lozano-Neira

Nathalie Lozano-Neira came to Musqueam land, Coast Salish territories (Vancouver) as a refugee from Muisca territory (Colombia) 17 years ago. She has been working with immigrant and refugee communities for the past 14 years as a facilitator, youth worker and community member. Nathalie completed her MA in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University where she focused on the well-being of racialized migrant community workers and settler-Indigenous relationships. She strongly believes in the power of creating meaningful ally-ships with Indigenous peoples as a base in order to advance any social justice cause. In her spare time she enjoys dancing salsa, playing soccer and eating.

Land Acknowledgement:

Kim Haxton

Kim Haxton (Potowatomi) is a multifaceted, multidimensional educator, rooted in knowledge and steeped in community. She is Potowatami from Wasauksing. She has worked across Turtle Island and abroad in various capacities, always emphasizing local leadership development toward genuine healing.

In her work with Indigeneyez, a creative arts based organization she co-founded, Kim works with Indigenous communities toward decolonization and liberation. Grounded in the arts and the natural world for embodied awareness and facilitated rites of passage, Kim develops de-escalation skills and diversity and anti-oppression education.

Kim currently leads Peace and Conflict Resolution programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, cultivating local leadership in Congolese women who have been affected by civil war, poverty and sexual violence. Kim has developed and facilitated programs in over 8 countries, and has been working in land-based education and leadership for the past 20 years.

Registration Disclaimer:

As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Venue Information:

SFU Harbour Centre is located at 515 W. Hastings St, and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Bike stalls are available outside the main entrance. Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.


There are washrooms located on all floors of the building. Accessible, private bathrooms and gender-neutral washroom stalls are available on the first floor in the east corridor.


All floors within the building are serviced by elevators.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at or 778-782-5959. If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request by November 4th to If you are registering after this date we will not be able to guarantee interpretation services but please still reach out to us, we will try our best to accommodate your requests.

Land Acknowledgement:

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.



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Organizer of Climates of Crisis: Food, Power and Civilizational Transitions, 1300-2020 with Dr. Jason W. Moore

Public Square is a part of SFU: The Canadian university that is Engaging the World

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