To mark International Peace Day on 21 September 2021, International Alert would like to invite you to a dynamic online conversation with four leading thinkers on climate, security and conflict.
From Myanmar to Kenya, we are seeing the impacts of the climate crisis exacerbating conflict, making lives harder and more insecure for people. We need to talk about the increased pressure that the climate crisis is placing on peace and security.
From the surge in demand for so-called green minerals in places like DRC to enable the global green energy transition, to violent competition over arable land and water in Mali and Nigeria, climate is having an impact on conflict now. It’s not something of the future. Those who live in the poorest countries and in fragile and conflict-affected states are feeling the impact the most.
Despite this, how the climate crisis interacts with conflict is not going to be a prominent focus during COP26 in Glasgow. Through this conversation we aim to ask: Why is this the case and why does it matter?
In answering these questions this event will explore whether climate change is creating new conflicts, how conflict may be inhibiting our efforts to get to net zero and how those working on climate change mitigation and adaptation can factor the risk of conflict into their work.
Join our webinar this Peace Day to take part in the conversation.
• Femi Oke, International journalist (Moderator)
• Ikal Ang'elei, Award-winning Turkana-based environmentalist and grassroots indigenous rights activist
• Jason Mitchell, Co-Head of Responsible Investment at Man Group
• Jessica Hartog, Head of Climate Change and Natural Resource Management at International Alert
• Jonathan Stone, Deputy Head of the Climate Adaptation Department at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)