“Climate Change Does Not Exist!”

That is what some skeptics might say nowadays, but a recent independent report commissioned by the G7 members (United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) argues otherwise.  The report, titled “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks“, focuses on how climate change is not only a risk to our global environment, but rather a major threat to our global security and that certain actions need to take place in order to prevent or mitigate these risks.

The report first identifies seven major climate-fragility risks such as local resource competition, migration, extreme weather and disasters, and sea-level rise.  If these risks are not addressed by the international community in the near term, they could compound after interacting “with other problems that weak states already face.”  This could ultimately lead to a devastating cycle further impacting a state’s stability and security.

In order to tackle these risks, the report identifies several recommendations and responses to include the following: (1) Integration begins at home: Make climate-fragility risks a central foreign policy priority; (2) Come together for a new dialogue: Enhance G7 cooperation; (3) Set the global resilience agenda: Inform multilateral processes and structures; and (4) Partner for resilience: Engage widely to ensure global actions produce local results.  These recommendations/responses are then followed up with calls to action by global partners in the areas of global risk assessment, food security, disaster risk reduction, transboundary water disputes, and building local resilience to climate-fragility risks.

The report concludes by reiterating that the problem of climate change cannot be solved by one single state.  In order to build resilience to these climate-fragility risks outlined in the report, the G7, along with other global partners, need to work together to limit future risks to the planet and its security.

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