Climate Change

As a champion for global collective action, the Stanley Center works across countries and sectors to aggressively pursue the goal of limiting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels.

We know that rapid, transformational, and systemic change is essential for a safe climate future.

Climate change not only leads to extreme weather events and dangerous health effects the world over, but, as a threat multiplier, it poses a direct risk to human survival for many of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

To combat the many threats posed by climate change, the nations of the world have agreed to limit the increase in global average temperature to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. At the Stanley Center, we pursue safe, just, and equitable pathways toward meeting this goal.

We believe that mitigating climate change is not only important for global peace and security, but key to fulfilling our moral imperative to protect those communities most at risk. Our work is time sensitive and urgent.

How We Work

To avoid irreversible impacts, global carbon emissions must peak by 2020—the same year that countries in the Paris Agreement must submit new and more-ambitious policy action proposals. While the urgency of climate change poses many challenges, it also creates many opportunities.

Moving into 2020, the Stanley Center will continue to champion collective action by facilitating collaboration not only among national governments, but also subnational governments and actors in civil society and the private sector.

Key Strategies

Examining and accelerating promising and lesser-explored pathways

To be successful, the most critical transformational pathways for reducing emissions need to be accelerated, and innovative and lesser-explored pathways need further attention. We encourage the international climate community to develop collective action policy solutions and elevate them on the international agenda.

Creating opportunities out of international political moments

With the attention of the world on 2020 climate commitments, we know now is the time to capitalize on global political momentum. As actors of all kinds call for solutions, we scale up and leverage those efforts by connecting coalitions and alliances that would not otherwise cross paths.

Looking for solutions outside climate policy

The scope of the threat posed by climate change demands that we work with colleagues in migration, global public health, biodiversity, and international security. With decades of experience as a multilateral and global-governance-focused organization, we find collective action opportunities and build new collaborations across fields and sectors.

Questions about our work? Interested in collaborating?

Contact a member of our team working to mitigate climate change.

Are you a journalist or in media?

In addition to our efforts to drive policy progress, the Stanley Center creates media trainings and forums, facilitates investigative reporting fellowships, and regularly invites journalists to share their unique perspectives in policy conversations. Learn more about how to get involved.

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