It is now widely accepted that climate change is a security challenge to be managed in the twenty-first century. The central task now is to articulate exactly how security policy makers, as opposed to environment, energy and finance officials, should construct policy options in relation to climate change. How can defence and security policymakers and analysts contribute to this area in an effective way?
To address this question, and also the current disconnect between environment, development and defence communities on the issue, this month our Sustainable Security programme hosted a roundtable that brought policy-makers including members of the MoD, DfID, FCO and the Stabilisation Unit, together with environment and independent peace and security specialists.
The meeting examined the threat assessments and long-term trends around a changing climate, looked at where climate change fits into the UK defence and security landscape, explored the potential consequences of current inaction - and discussed how to avoid these.
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