Environmental challenges in the media

Alex Verbeek

Alexander Verbeek is a diplomat and Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Until January 2016 he was the Strategic Policy Advisor on Global Issues in the Netherlands MFA, working on international issues related to climate, water, food, energy and resources. He developed the Planetary Security Initiative that fosters cooperation on the impact of climate change, environmental degradation and resource scarcity on security. He organised the international conference in the Peace Palace in November last year where participants from 75 countries joined in the launch of this initiative. In Sweden he continues to collaborate with governments, businesses, think tanks and civil society agencies to find connections between these issues and create solutions for the environmental, resource and demographic challenges of the 21st century. Since 2014 Alexander is a Yale World Fellow. He is often asked for public speaking, lecturing at universities or chairing international meetings. He is in the board of advisors of several international environmental initiatives. Twitter: @Alex_Verbeek Instagram: @alexanderverbeek

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  1. “It is impossible for us to avoid the worst”. This is the scale of ambition that gives us an endless stream of big reports showing how things are getting worse, without ever really trying to make them better.

    What would these reports say, given enough ambition? It would not be a plan to continue carbon waste dumping until 2°C. It would be a plan to reverse the warming trend by reducing carbon concentrations not just emissions.

    This plan seems to be beyond the current policy debate, because it cannot be done merely with the current technical policy choices such as a shift to clean public transport and energy efficiency.

    The climate and security links mentioned by Alex provide a clue. Every problem dynamic has a security link, which makes it possible to use security as a framework to plan reversals of the entire interconnected dynamic as a whole system.

    All the technical policy choices (that always get all the attention but never happen at scale) would then become possible and actually happen. NATO have published policy work on this approach. Here’s a link summarising it from a climate viewpoint, http://climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300701/planId/1310001

    I hope this helps?

  2. Antonio says:

    This is becoming a huge risk and issue. Thanks for the article and please keep writing about this topic, it’s never enough. Specially now (2017) where some ignorant voices say climate change is a fabricated topic! Atrocious..
    Thanks again

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