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03 Jun

How NATO should prepare for climate change

Civil society organizations presented their views on climate action for the security organization.

Alexander Verbeek, The Planet, 2 June 2021

Two weeks before the NATO summit on June 14, a coalition of civil society organizations presented their views on climate action for the security organization. A few years ago, this would have been very activistic, and the recommendations would likely not have gotten much attention. But 2021 seems to be on track to become a good year for climate action, which is good news that gives a little bit of hope in a year that, according to the IEA, will show the second-highest increase ever in the emissions of greenhouse gasses.

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Event Recap: Launch of the NCWES Report on Sustainable Peace & Security in a Changing Climate

Weston Weber, American Security Project, Washington, D.C.  3 June 2021

On June 1, the American Security Project (ASP) hosted the launching event for the North-Atlantic Civil-Society Working-Group on Environment and Security’s (NCWES) new report – “Sustainable Peace & Security in a Changing Climate: Recommendations for NATO 2030.” Participants included members of the EDRC and contributors: Ron Kingham; Jamie Shea; Alexander Verbeek; Olivia Lazard; the Hon. Alice Hill; and, ASP’s president, BGen. Stephen A. Cheney. The event also included RADM Neil Morisetti and Michael Rühle, Head of Hybrid Challenges & Energy Security Section, NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division. The report and NCWES are initiatives of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy, which is coordinated by the Environment & Development Resource Center.
The report contains 116 policy recommendations to be considered during the NATO 2030 process to strengthen NATO as new environmental-related challenges emerge and promote sustainable peace and security. The launch of the report was organized ahead of World Environment Day (June 5) and the NATO Summit of Allied Leaders (June 14).

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Imagining Peace & Security in a Fast Changing Environment

On Mobilizing Forces for Good

Steven Lovink, Medium, 3 June 2021

Action on Climate Change and Security?

In the lead up the Summit of NATO leaders in Brussels on 14 June, the alliance is preparing to include climate change among the top security issues to be addressed in the next ten years. The NATO 2030 Initiative announced in June 2020 is set to help address climate change and allied nations could commit to reducing emissions by their militaries and act to reduce the security threats posed by a changing climate and environmental degradation. Military emissions can be a large percentage of total emissions and some NATO members have military emissions exceeding those of entire countries.

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Moran Coauthors Report for the NATO Secretary General on Climate Change

Director of the Strauss Center’s State Fragility Initiative, Ashley McIlvain Moran, reports on her co-authored chapters in the NCWES report.

Strauss Center for International Security and Law, 20 May 2021

The North-Atlantic Civil Society Working Group on Environment and Security produced the report, under the auspices of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy, to make recommendations on expanding NATO’s engagement on the security risks associated with climate and environmental stress. The report was prepared for the NATO Secretary General in the context of the NATO 2030 initiative, which aims to support the Alliance in preparing for future challenges and, in particular, strengthening its political dimension.

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