The Age of Consequences

“Failure to think about how climate change might impact our globally interconnected system is a failure of imagination”

“As in any military defense and security strategy, time is our most precious resource.”

The Age of Consequences Film
An investigation of the impacts of climate change on resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of national security and global stability.

The Nature of Climate Change

“Our results indicate that there is a clear need to increase societal resilience to short-term precipitation extremes. The increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme precipitation would cause major challenges for existing infrastructure systems.

It might seem as though big rainstorms would help alleviate drought, but the opposite can actually be true. If a heavy rainstorm occurs during a drought, it can lead to soil erosion, washing away the plants that help the soil absorb moisture. Without regular, gentler rain to restore the soil conditions will continue to worsen.

Droughts and extreme rainstorms? This could be a very harmful combination.”

Andreas Prein, National Centre for Atmospheric Research
Be prepared for more ‘extreme’ rainfalls
National Post, 2016.12.07

How a warming planet drives human migration

Climate displacement is becoming one of the world’s most powerful — and destabilizing — geopolitical forces.

Climate change is a threat multiplier: It contributes to economic and political instability and also worsens the effects. It propels sudden-onset disasters like floods and storms and slow-onset disasters like drought and desertification; those disasters contribute to failed crops, famine and overcrowded urban centers; those crises inflame political unrest and worsen the impacts of war, which leads to even more displacement. There is no internationally recognized legal definition for “environmental migrants” or “climate refugees,” so there is no formal reckoning of how many have left their homes because climate change has made their lives or livelihoods untenable

Jessica Benkofrom
How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration
New York Times Magazine, 2017.04.19

Creative connections

Restoring Our Climate
Restoring Our Environment

Restoring Our Atmosphere
Restoring Our Oceans
Creating Our Systems