The climate and migration: Implications for Britain

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28 March 2023 at 12:00 13:00 BST

Climate change and biodiversity loss is one of the greatest transnational threats facing the United Kingdom (UK). It will fuel levels of poverty, instability and migration that Britain does not yet have the capacity, or resilience, to deal with.

This event celebrates the launch of a Policy Paper written by Jack Richardson and William Young titled ‘The climate and migration: Implications for Britain’, which investigates how climate change may affect migration before recommending British responses to mitigate its impacts on the country and its interests.

By kind invitation of Lord Risby, you are invited to attend a panel event to discuss the issues of climate-based and climate-linked migration and the findings in the paper. The panel will be chaired by the Rt. Hon. Philip Dunne MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, and will include Jack Richardson and William Young, Associate Fellows at the Council on Geostrategy and Steph Spyro, Environment Editor and Senior Political Correspondent, Daily Express.


Jack Richardson

  • Associate Fellow at the Council on Geostrategy
    Jack Richardson is the Head of Energy and Climate at Onward, a think tank which develops ideas to boost economic opportunity and strengthen communities in all parts of the United Kingdom. He was previously a Senior Climate Programme Manager at the Conservative Environment Network and a researcher for a Foreign Office Minister in the House of Commons. He is currently studying for a Masters in International Political Economy at King’s College London and previously read Politics at the University of Exeter.

Steph Spyro

  • Environment Editor and Senior Political Correspondent at the Daily Express
    Steph Spyro is the Daily Express’s environment editor and senior political correspondent. She has travelled across the world in a bid to highlight the climate and biodiversity crises to newspaper readers. This included meeting with the Maasai tribe in Kenya, trekking a threatened glacier in Patagonia and investigating offshore wind in Denmark. She has spearheaded the paper’s Green Britain Needs You campaign, as well as winning several awards for her reporting. From the heart of Westminster, she often interviews MPs about the environment.

William Young

  • Associate Fellow at the Council on Geostrategy
    William Young is a director at BloombergNEF, Bloomberg’s strategic research business, programme lead for its work with the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) and climate lead on the East-West focused New Economy Forum. He was formerly Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer and prior to that was instrumental in launching NEF’s research capabilities and advising clients on technology, finance, economics, politics and business opportunities in the transition to a low carbon economy. William is also an Associate Fellow at the Council on Geostrategy. He holds an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the London School of Economics and an MA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Oxford.


Rt. Hon. Philip Dunne MP

  • Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, House of Commons
    Philip Dunne was elected Member of Parliament for Ludlow in Shropshire in 2005. He has been a member of the Environmental Audit Committee since 2018, which he has chaired since January 2020. He previously served as Minister of State for Health (2016-2018) and as Minister for Defence Procurement (2012-2016), having been a Conservative Whip (2008-2012).



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