Toronto, Canada – On October 21, 2020, leading experts representing intelligence, security and military organizations from around the world, will take part in an online media advisory event designed to discuss the impact of climate change on human security. Dubbed the “greatest threat toglobal 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), a project of Think Renewables Group (TRG), will highlight both imminent and long-term security risks associated with climate change, as well as explore 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 institutions 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 present 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?, will bring together a panel of prominent experts to discuss how military and intelligence leaders are increasingly focusing on the issue. In addition, this panel will highlight some solutions that are ready to be implemented on a global scale in order to mitigate climate change, as well as introduce a major new climate finance initiative. Speakers include:
• James Grabert, Director, Mitigation, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Bonn.
• Honorable Sherri Goodman, Secretary General, International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS)
• Honourable John Conger, Director, Centre for Climate and Security (CCS)
• Michael Collins, Executive Director, Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Greater New York City
• Robert Baines, President and CEO, NATO Association of Canada
• Paul Stevers, President and CEO, Think Renewables Group and Co-founder, Climate Solutions Advancement Network (ClimateSAN)
• Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
In order to register for this free, online event, please visit our registration page.
For more information or to watch a two-minute video about the event, go to ClimateSAN.org/mae.
Media inquiries may be directed to Karen Hamilton, Media Relations, [email protected]