The world is rapidly approaching a tipping point when it comes to preventing many of the catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis. Already across the world we are seeing communities beset by extreme weather events, with tragic results.
With COP27, dubbed ‘Africa’s COP’, aiming to centre those countries that are already experiencing the worst effects of the crisis, renewed focus is being placed on climate adaptation, acknowledging the fact that some impacts are already here to stay.
Adaptation involves working to protect communities from the consequences of climate change; whether that is floods, fires or hotter weather. Measures taken now can protect lives and livelihoods in the future.
How should societies change how they live? How do young people envision adapting their communities?
Common Futures Conversations (CFC) is Chatham House’s flagship youth initiative which offers an innovative channel for young people in Europe and Africa to engage with politics and develop their perspectives on key global challenges.
Throughout October and November this year, CFC members have been sharing and discussing the impacts of climate change on their countries and communities, exchanging with Chatham House researchers and developing ideas for how society can best adapt to these impacts.
To mark the culmination of their work, a number of CFC participants outlined their policy proposals to a panel of decision-makers at this interactive webinar.