In an ever more challenging security horizon, climate change and the destruction of the natural environment represent some of the most significant challenges.
These crises are pushing more states towards conflict and resulting in greater risks of destabilisation. Scarcity of resources, mass migration, food shortages and infrastructure damage are just some of the outcomes that could spark violent conflict as a result of accelerating changes.
Many of the world’s porous borders are at threat from the ‘spillover’ effect of climate change and environmental decline. The precarious nature and vulnerability of some countries place much of our globalized world at risk.
There is a pressing need for decision-makers to identify practical solutions and address the root causes while avoiding the risks and pitfalls of transition.
The globalized nature of the climate and many environmental problems means that what happens in one country is not contained to that area. Our increasing interconnectedness and emergent risks of transboundary and cascading nature mean it is in everyone’s interests to tackle these challenges together.
On the back of the release of the Environment of Peace report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the experts discuss key questions including:
What actions do organizations and governments need to take to address and manage these twin crises?
How can countries prepare against the ‘cascading’ effect of climate change and environmental decline?
How can we avoid the risks of transition to a zero‑carbon green economy while realizing the opportunities to advance peace?
This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work on realizing sustainability.
As with all Chatham House member events, questions from members drive the conversation.