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The Unexpected Benefits of Climate Action

The 2015 Paris Agreement to address negative consequences of climate change is a promise to put humanity on the sustainable development path. 

However, we are still lagging with climate action proportionate to the challenges at hand.  Global peace and security are at stake especially if we do not limit the global warming to 1.5°C as per the latest IPCC report.

"We have a system of transparency, we have a system of reporting, we have rules to measure our emissions, we have a system to measure the impacts of our policies compared to what science recommends." So concluded EU Climate commissioner Miguel Arias on a positive outcome of the Katowice climate summit.

A negative outcome of Katowice, however, was how The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate's (IPCC) report on 1.5°C was treated by 4 oil & gas producing countries (US, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) that blocked it being welcomed in Katowice. On a more positive note this, presumably, means that all the other 190-odd countries would have welcomed the report.

The IPCC report on 1.5°C stated that the world could go past the 1.5°C warming limit as early as 2030 unless all sectors of the world economy were transformed, with steep cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions and massive scale-up of carbon sequestration. Further-more and in addition to the IPCC’s report there are 3 science-based “grassroots” plans that work together to stay within 1.5°C:

  1. Drawdown - 80 science-based existing solutions & practices to reverse global warming,
  2. Exponential Climate Action Roadmap - to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and
  3. The Solutions Project - 100% renewables & electrification by 2050.

At this public event we will discuss some of the unexpected benefits of climate action. Economically, climate action makes sense and the science-based plans should be implemented regardless of their climate change impact. Drawdown saves $74.4 trillion for just 60 of Drawdown's solutions at a cost of $29.6 trillion for 55 solutions over 30 years. The Solution Project's 100% renewables electrification for 139 countries produces a net increase of over 24 million long-term jobs; an annual decrease in 4-7 million air pollution deaths per year; stabilization of energy prices; and annual savings of over $20 trillion in health and climate costs.


Who will win? Peoples’ interests or vested interests?

Science or interested pseudo-science? Cataclysmic or manageable climate change?

Peace and stability or more conflict over resources, mass climate-induced migration and uprisings over food, health and water?



  • Mr Nicholas Niggli, Deputy Secretary General, Department of Security, Republic and State of Geneva



  • Ms Anna Brach, Human Security Cluster Responsible, Emerging Security Challenges Programme, GCSP


Do not miss this chance to discuss climate action and how you and your organization can contribute to it!

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4th Floor Conference Room, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2D, Geneva, Switzerland

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