Impacts of Climate Change on Human Security: What can be done?
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A. The above video was created by the Climate Solutions Advancement Network (ClimateSAN) as a result of information gained from the Media Advisory event hosted on Oct. 21, 2020 by the NATO Association of Canada (NAOC) and ClimateSAN entitled “Impacts of Climate Change on Human Security: What Can be done?“. To view a recording of the full media advisory event, see the one-hour long video, below:
B. Given below is a summary of this media advisory event:
Dubbed the “greatest threat to global security”, climate change is increasingly recognized as a “threat multiplier” that left unchecked, has the potential to destabilize civil societies around the world. This media event, sponsored by the NATO Association of Canada, in partnership with Climate Solutions Advancement Network (ClimateSAN), highlighted both imminent and long-term security risks of climate change, as well as explored strategies and technologies to mitigate those risks.
Climate experts agree on the urgent need for immediate and substantial action in order to combat climate change. What is frequently missed in the conversation, however, is the way climate change intersects with political, social and economic factors. Military experts are becoming increasingly alarmed. According to a recent report by the International Military Council on Climate and Security, 86% of climate security and military experts surveyed perceive climate change effects on conflict within nations presents a significant or higher risk to global security in the next two decades.
Complicating matters is the ideological and decision-making gridlock between progressive and conservative leaders. In an attempt to bridge this gap, Impacts on Climate Change Human Security: What Can Be Done?, brought together a panel of prominent experts to discuss how military and intelligence leaders are increasingly focusing on the issue. In addition, this panel highlighted some solutions that are ready to be implemented on a global scale in order to mitigate climate change, as well as introduced a major new climate finance initiative called the International Platform for Climate Finance (IPCF). Given below is a list of speakers along with links to related related information:
- James Grabert, Director, Mitigation, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Bonn, Germany spoke about the urgent need for action on climate change.
- Honorable Sherri Goodman, Secretary General of theInternational Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) presented highlights of The World Climate and Security Report 2020 report.
- Hon. John Conger, Director, Centre for Climate and Security (CCS) and part of the National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel (NSMIP) on Climate Change, discussed some key findings from the Security Threat Assessment of Global Climate Change report.
- Michael Collins, Executive Director at the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) presented highlights of their recently launched “Ecological Threat Register (ETR)”.
- Robert Baines, President and CEO of the NATO Association of Canada, outlined how international cooperation has increased security and why much more of it will be needed in the future due to rapidly growing impacts of climate change.
- Paul Stevers, President and CEO, Think Renewables Group and Co-founder, Climate Solutions Advancement Network (ClimateSAN) introduced a range of technologies that can be implemented on a global scale via a specially prepared video shown at this link: Climate Solutions That Can Be Implemented on a Global Scale.
- Steve Waygood from Aviva Investors, who is also part of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance, introduced the International Platform for Climate Finance, which is intended to mobilize the $1 trillion of new investment capital that will be required every year for the next 15 years to put the world on the path for a net-zero transition.
b) Energy Storage
c) Carbon Sequestration
The is an urgent need to implement Climate Solutions on an adequate global scale. To accomplish this, many trillions of dollars will be needed. Fortunately, there is a significant new initiative underway being carried out by a large coalition of organizations including some of the world’s leading financial institutions such as Aviva Investors. This initiative, which is called the “International Platform on Climate Finance” or IPCF is intended to mobilize $1 trillion of new investment capital every year for the next 15 years to help put the world on the path to a net-zero transition.
This Coalition for IPCF is bringing together central bankers, finance ministers, and CEOs from some of the worlds largest financial institutions for the first time to focus on creating and implementing this type of funding platform for climate action. They plan to use the IPCF to raise money from the global financial system and deploy it in a way that ensures markets support the Paris Agreement, rather than undermine it.
In order for climate solutions to be implemented on a global scale, the IPCF is critically needed and for it to be fully operational, it needs to be adopted by the Parties attending 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). Therefore, we encourage everyone to learn about this important initiative and consider supporting its adoption at COP26.
E. Given below is a reference section for the impacts of climate change on human security, which includes links to supporting information:
F. Given below is a reference section for Climate Solutions that can be implemented on a global scale:
b) Video: 2040 Movie – a story of hope that looks at the very real possibility that humanity could reverse global warming and improve the lives of every living thing in the process. It is a positive vision of what ‘could be’, instead of the dystopian future we are so often presented.
c) Significant reports and and articles relating to hydrogen:
- Canadian Goverment announced $10B funding for cleantech by Global News, Oct 1.
- More than 1,500 companies with a combined revenue of more than $11.4 trillion committed to Net Zero by 2050 by EDF Business.
- Hydrogen Scaling Up by the Hydrogen Council, November 2017 – We envision a market for hydrogen and hydrogen technologies with revenues of more than $2.5 trillion per year, and jobs for more than 30 million people globally.
- The Hydrogen Boom Will Provide A $200B Boost To Wind And Solar Energy by OilPrice.com, 10/15/2020.
- The U.S. Is Backing Hydrogen Trucks With A New $100 Million Initiative by Oilprice, Oct 14, 2020.
d) Energy Storage – Tracking report – June 2020 by IEA.
e) BloombergNEF, which is a leading provider of primary research on clean energy.
g) Climate Neutral Now, which is an initiative launched by UN Climate Change (UNFCCC).
i) Video: Kiss the Ground on Netflix – an inspiring film that shows how changing farming can regenerate the soils, stabilize climate, restore ecosystems & create better food supplies (movie trailer on YouTube).
G. Given below is a video about the financial implications of inadequate action on climate change:
a) Video: Our Planet: Too Big To Fail – Our economy is fundamentally underpinned by the stability and the resilience of the natural world. But this stability is no longer guaranteed. Our Planet: Too Big To Fail is a 42 minute film that explores the risks of inaction, the impact of investing-as-usual, and the role the finance sector can play in powering a sustainable future.
H. Kiss The Ground Movie – Reverse Climate Change – www.kisstheground.com
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