Increasing Human Security Through Climate Action

A. Presentation entitled “Increasing Human Security Through Climate Action”, which was prepared by Paul Stevers:
Given below are links to presentation given by Paul Stevers during a webinar hosted on April 6, 2020:
B. Supporting information for the presentation entitled “Increasing Human Security Through Climate Action”
1) Proposed Online Conference
This presentation included a recommendation for an online conference about urgent need for action to address the global human security impacts of climate change.  Given below is some information about this proposed online conference:
a) Proposed Online Conference (Summit): Climate Change Impact on Human Security: What can be done? 

Climate Solutions Advancement Network (ClimateSAN) is in discussions with other interested organizations to host a virtual online summit to raise awareness about climate change, the related human security impacts, benefits of international cooperation to mitigate security threats and significant solutions that can mitigate or adapt to climate change (Climate Solutions).

Although the main target audience for this event would be for the media and general public living in North America, we also welcome the participation of other interested individuals and organization in other parts of the world in this online event.  To view more detailed outline about this planned online summit, see:

DRAFT Outline of Proposed Virtual Online Summit: Climate Change Impact on Human Security: What can be done?
An Online Event About Climate Change, Human Security, and Promising Climate Solutions

To help prepare and build support for this proposed online summit, we are planning to host a practice online summit that can only be viewed by people who have been given links to the practice event.  Given below is a summary outline of this practice event and some related information:

b) DRAFT online summit webpages for a practice event that has been created using the HeySummit platform, which can be seen at these non-published links:

i) HomePage: Practice Virtual Online Summit: Climate Change Impact on Human Security: What can be done?

ii) Speakers page for Practice Online Summit

iii) Speaker Schedule page for Practice Online Summit

NOTE1: The only people who can view this page are people who are provided with the above links.
The date of the online summit practice event is just a “placeholder” date and can be changed when desired by the organizing team.

c) To keep the online audience engaged, we recommend the following:

i) Each speaker be encouraged and supported to create a short explainer video that explains some key concepts contained in their presentation.  To learn more about creating explainer videos, see: Creating Explainer Videos.

ii) If a speaker wants to show a powerpoint presentation, we recommend that they animated and narrated.  To view and example powerpoint presentation that has been converted to an animated and narrated video as well as information about how this can be done, see: Converting Powerpoint Presentations to Narrated and Animated Videos.

iii) Each speaker be encouraged to create a webpage that contains his/her explainer video and links to more information.  For example, see: Accelerating Climate Solutions (ACS) Program Explainer Video

2) Links relating to information referenced in the presentation: Increasing Human Security Through Climate Action

a) Global Landscape of Climate Finance 2019 by the Climate Policy Initiative

b) World Bank Group Announces $200 billion over Five Years for Climate Action

c) As of April 5, 2020, the Climate Bonds Initiative website indicated that in 2019, green bonds issuance was reported to be about $255 billion.

d) Just prior to COP25, The 2019 Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change, signed by more than 630 investors who collectively manage over $37 trillion in assets, urged action that includes phasing out thermal coal power, ending subsidies for fossil fuels, and updating and strengthening nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) to meet the Paris Agreement. For a related article, see LINK.

e) Educating girls has been shown to be one of the most cost-effective measures to mitigate climate change and there is now an opportunity to accelerate important area of education.  Given below is some information about this opportunity:

i) Rapid growth of free educational information that has been pleased in eLibaries that can copied an unlimited number of times, such as the RACHEL eLibrary by World Possible.

ii) Obsolete computers can be repurposed to become WiFi hotspots that serve this free educational information without need of the internet.  To increase the useful life of these computers, the key moving part inside them, which is the hard-drive can be replaced with a new one.  Companies like Free Geek Toronto.

iii) This free educational information can be accessed by others using smart-phones, laptops and tablet computers via WiFi.  It should be noted that many young people in developing countries already have their own smartphone so they can access this free educational information when this WiFi hotspot is provided in their community.

iv) As a result of the Global Learning xPrize, an open-source, scalable software is now available that empowers children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 15 months.  One of the prize winners that created this software and has it available for others to use is OneBillion.

v) Article: Climate change, fertility and girls’ education by Homi Kharas. Feb. 16, 2016.

vi) Article: Want to save the planet? Invest in girls’ education by Rebecca Winthrop and Homi Kharas, Mar. 3, 2016.

vii) Article: 3 ways to link girls’ education actors to climate action by Christina Kwauk and Amanda Braga, Sep. 27, 2017.

f) Combining Solar-Powered Irrigation with Free Digital Resources to Facilitate Food Production, Education and Entrepreneurship

Free education resources can be combined with many international development initiatives funded by the international donor community .  For example, shown here is a summary of a project that combined solar-powered irrigation with free education resources: Combining Solar-Powered Irrigation with Free Digital Resources to Facilitate Food Production, Education and Entrepreneurship with Funding Through Blended Finance.  To view a slightly expanded version of concept note that was submitted to GAC by Think Renewables Group in 2019 relating to this approach, see: Empowering Women with Smart Irrigation, Information and Enterprise Support.

3) Additional information relating to the presentation: Increasing Human Security Through Climate Action

Over the past year, many very wealthy individuals and organizations expressed alarm publicly about climate change.  For example,

a) CNBC article: BlackRock’s Larry Fink: Risks from climate change are bigger than the 2008 financial crisis with no Fed to save us, TUE, JAN 14 2020.  Some key points from this article:
– BlackRock chief Larry Fink is warning that the financial risks of climate change are bigger than any crisis he’s experienced in his career on Wall Street.
– Fink, whose BlackRock has nearly $7 trillion in assets under management, used his annual letter to the world’s biggest companies to sound the alarm.
– BlackRock will put “sustainability at the center of our investment approach” — from portfolio construction to launching new investment products that screen fossil fuels.

b) Wash.Post Article: Moody’s Analytics says climate change could cost $69 trillion by 2100 by Steven Mufson. July 3. 2019

c) Article: Goldman Sachs released a 34-page analysis of the impact of climate change. And the results are terrifying, Yusuf Khan, Sep. 25, 2019

The above public statements by these very well known organizations have been followed by some reported changes in investment policy of these same organizations and has also created more awareness about the need for action on climate change in the investment community.