THE WELCOME TABLE
a documentary film by Josh Fox
Floods, fires, droughts, mudslides. Famine, war, conflict. Every day more and more people get displaced. People have to make the painful decision to leave their homes and seek a place of safety.
The United Nations predicts that anywhere from 200 million to a billion people will be displaced by climate change in the coming decades. Where are all these people going to go?
Governments across the world are building walls, but a wall is just a metaphor. A wall turned on its side can be a table.
What if instead of keeping people out, we welcomed them?
What if instead of building walls, we built longer tables?
For five years I have been tracking the story of climate refugees across the U.S. to the Caribbean to South America to Asia to Europe.
In Fall 2023, we are building a long table. We are inviting climate refugees from around the world to New Orleans to sit and celebrate with each other, to tell their stories, and to heal. We are modeling a better future where we love our differences rather than hate them. What makes us different is what makes the world beautiful.
The Welcome Table will be a testament to mutual aid. The work we need to do in this climate-changed world. The walls are built by hatred, racism, greed, competition, nationalism, xenophobia, colonialism, and fear. The walls are knocked down by love, mutual aid, community, support, understanding, art, connection, and music.
A gathering like none that has ever happened on the face of the planet. If we are going to survive the coming climate emergency we have to work together. We have to knock down the walls and build tables.
Help us finish the film and support displaced people around the world.