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Climate Change & Elections : How global warming could challenge electoral processes in the 2030s?

Date of Event: Wednesday, 26th April 2023

Time of Event: 14:00–16:00 (GMT + 1, UK Local Time)

Place of Event: Webinar


The impacts of climate change are a growing consideration for policymakers, as reflected by 2021’s COP26 Summit. Global warming is expected to lead to greater incidence of environmental disasters, and (According to Oxford University) will lead to at least 50 million people becoming displaced by 2050. It has also been shown that those areas most affected by climate change will face a greater risk of conflict and mass migration.

For these reasons, climate change will continue to rise up the agenda, especially for electoral management bodies (EMBs). Consideration will need to be given as to how to run an election in the middle of an environmental disaster, and how can environmentally displaced people participate safely and equally in political life? Thought will also need to be given to the effect that climate change may have on democracy and by extension our elections – if countries increasingly face food scarcity or mass migration, what will happen to the tone of political discourse?

This virtual roundtable will therefore look at the growth in climate-related risks to democracy, and look to outline what EMBs can do in response.


  • Understand how climate change will increasingly impact elections
  • Discuss how changes to electoral laws could safeguard elections from climate-related risks
  • Learn about how stakeholders can ensure that environmentally displaced people participate safely and equally in the electoral process
  • Explore how climate change could act as a catalyst for illiberal politics

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