Challenger reminds us: science is hope

How limited are we? How small? In the inconceivable vastness of the cosmos, we exist thankfully inside the generous biosphere of a living planet. The question must not be how central or how small we are, but how consequential the state of our knowledge and its application. The astronauts who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, sacrificed their lives to the pursuit of science, in service of our common need, our common mission—to access and understand our universe, to ex...
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What makes a livable future?

In September 2020, CCI and Resilience Intel published The Principles for Reinventing Prosperity. They constituted a stakeholder-driven approach to building back better from the COVID-19 emergency, and working towards all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and a climate-resilient future of inclusive prosperity. The 2022 Reinventing Prosperity Report emphasizes the value of engagement and participation for a ‘capital to communities’ approach to mobilizing inclusive, climate-smart sustainable financ...
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Resilience Value will change how money works

Time is money. What we mean when we say that is there is value in having more time, more resources, more health and resilience, and delaying action when you have time to avoid terrible costs is unwise. The worsening risk of polycrisis—in which climate disruption, nature loss, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, food insecurity, and repeated unaffordable disasters compound and accelerate each other, and spur repeated waves of mass migration—means we must come to terms with the need for an operat...
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Citizen engagement can deliver a better future

As we face an escalating convergence of compounding risks, we find ourselves at an inflection point: We might shift human industrial systems onto a sustainable path, and so we can reliably achieve human health, wellbeing, and security, and the cooperative stability and prosperity of nation states. Or, we might fail to make the necessary changes quickly enough, and continue to see devastating costs rise, while our ability to address shocks and disasters is diminished. We need systems change...
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Vote to honor our common humanity, every chance you get

Today marks two years since the awful, tragic, menacing assault on the United States Capitol by paramilitary extremists and a radicalized mob. We now know—from hundreds of criminal prosecutions, plea bargains and trials, hundreds of thousands of documents, an exhaustive Congressional investigation, and sworn testimony—that the violent insurrection was part of a coordinated attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power. The aim of the Capitol attackers was to use menace and force to prevent t...
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How to make humanity sustainable

In 2023, we face an opportunity unprecedented in human history. We now have more policy and financial instruments available than ever before to transform human societies and economies, to achieve real long-term sustainability. Here are a few ways we can do that. Acceleration – Article 6.8 of the Paris Agreement invites countries to cooperate to accelerate climate mitigation, adaptation, resilience-building, and related sustainable development activities. Non-market approaches under Article 6.8...
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Loss & damage: invest in overcoming vulnerability

Climate pollution creates real, proliferating, and compounding costs, which polluters generally are not required to pay. Climate impacts degrade ecosystems, undermine biodiversity, erode agricultural efficiency, threaten food systems, and and impose shock event costs. In doing so, they also undermine more vulnerable countries’ capacity to operate, to respond to crisis, and to develop sustainably. The effect of that spiraling degradation of capacity is a contagion of impact, destabilization, and...
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Pact with Nature is a pact for all

Geoversiv welcomes the new pact with nature agreed by 190 nations in Montreal. We applaud the long hours and persistence through overtime negotiations of experts and diplomats working to reach the Agreement. Through the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework nations will, both internally and collectively:  Protect 30% of land and water to safeguard biodiversity, by 2030; Reduce to near zero the degradation of high-sensitivity, high-value, and high-integrity ecosystems; Reduce by at le...
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The Decisive Decade

We are living through a decisive decade—for the future of human societies, and for the life of our species, and of millions of other species. The IPCC finds we are close to losing the possibility of successful climate-resilient development. The IPBES finds we are at risk of losing more than 1 million species in the Earth's 6th mass extinction, currently ongoing and caused by human activities and choices. Failure to prevent these losses could lead to the collapse of production in all food-growi...
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International finance reform is gaining momentum

One of the achievements of the COP27 climate negotiations was the agreement that international financial institutions should undergo comprehensive reform, to be better structured for climate crisis response. Calls for ‘shifting the trillions‘ go back many years: In May 2015, then UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres told finance ministers, central bank governors, CEOs and analysts, gathered for the Climate Finance Day in Paris, that climate finance should not be a niche concern; no m...
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The Age of Solidarity

Much ink and screenlight has been spilled to make the case that integrity unravels, order breaks down, and the complexities of cooperative self-government are too arduous to remain in fashion. While it is everyday shockingly evident that imperfect leaders do prioritize their own power over the success of their societies, we may in fact be entering an age defined more by solidarity than by human failing. What evidence is there for such a claim? Let's look at the challenges we face: The climat...
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Get capital working for a livable future

When the COVID pandemic disrupted lives and livelihoods across the world, Citizens' Climate International held regular consultations with our network of citizen stakeholders around the world. The result was a common understanding that multiple converging crises were going to cause deep and possibly permanent changes in the local experience of countless people. Addressing fear, insecurity, and uncertainty, would require careful planning—not only around COVID safety and economic recovery, but als...
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We are Nature

The health of nature is integral to human health and security. There are many reasons human beings have sought through civilization, agriculture, and technology, to create barriers against the perils of a wild natural world. This does not mean we are secure in our humanness if nature is not also secure in being what it needs to be. As we approach Part II of the 15th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD15), taking place in December in Montreal, Canada, we a...
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