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Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World

w/ Gaia Vince

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Date: Thursday 22 February 2024
Time: 20:00 (drinks from 19:30)
Location: Keilepand, Keilestraat 9F, Rotterdam
Admission: €10,- (regular), €6,- (reduced)
Language: English

On Thursday 22 February we welcome award winning journalist Gaia Vince to discuss her bold and widely acclaimed book ‘Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World’.

Coastlines diminishing year on year. Wildfires and hurricanes leaving widening swaths of destruction. Droughts displacing entire regions. Humanity is starting to feel the consequences of climate change. But while consensus has emerged on the cause of this global disaster, the ultimate consequence – a total reshaping of earth’s human geography – is only starting to dawn on us.

In her widely acclaimed book Nomad Century, Gaia Vince outlines the scope of this global emergency. With every degree of temperature rise, a billion people will be displaced from the zone in which humans have lived for thousands of years. While we must do everything we can to mitigate the impact of climate change, the brutal truth is that huge swathes of the world are becoming uninhabitable.

How can we manage this unavoidable climate migration? We will need to move northwards as a species, Vince argues, into the habitable fringes of Europe, Asia and Canada and the greening Arctic circle. Drawing on a wealth of eye-opening data and original reporting, she shows how migration brings benefits not only to migrants themselves, but to host countries, many of which face demographic crises and labour shortages.

“A rousing call to arms” – Financial Times

“This book should be read not just by every politician, but by every person on the planet” – The Guardian

This event is organized by De Dépendance in close collaboration with KeileCollectief, IABR and CARBON LAB: GROUP A’s think tank for climate positive design strategies.


Gaia Vince

Gaia Vince is an award-winning science journalist, broadcaster and non-fiction author. As an expert on global ecosystems, human impact and climate change, she contributed to Science, Nature, New Scientist, The Guardian and BBC. Her book ‘Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made’ (2014) won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Her third book ‘Nomad Century’ (2022) was praised all over the world. In 2024 she received the Angela Croome Award by the European Geosciences Union.

Geert Maarse

Geert Maarse is a journalist and programme-maker. Having worked for Erasmus University for over five years, he is specialized in connecting scientific research to public debate. He has a background in Business Administration and Cultural Studies. He is the founder and regular host of Studio Erasmus, a monthly science magazine broadcasted by OPEN Rotterdam. He worked on a documentary and published in a number of online and offline media (de Volkskrant, Vers Beton, Erasmus Magazine).

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