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Climate Change and Action III – Security

November 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Webinar Series:

Climate Change and Action III – Security

Join us for the third webinar of BCCIC’s Climate Change and Action webinar series and learn more about the complex challenges of climate change and its impacts on the various sectors of our society. The anthropogenic climate crisis is the defining issue of the 21st century – and one of much contention. It could be overwhelming hearing about such a depressing issue and the government’s response to it, or the lack thereof. 

We know that warming is already having untold impacts on the planet, but what will the future hold for human societies in the climate-changed era? Today, we have unprecedented powers of foresight through climate science and predictive modelling that predict how environments will shift in relation to our increasingly polluted atmosphere. But how will those effects spiral to impact human communities, relationships, and governments? How can we maintain our stability and security, in a world increasingly thrown into climate chaos?

This webinar will give an overview of the growing field of “climate security” — which looks at the national security implications of current and future climate change. Building on recent findings in the political and social sciences, we now understand that climate and environmental changes will pose intense stress on security environments, infrastructure, and institutions. This is because climate acts as a “threat multiplier,” exacerbating existing insecurities and threats into more dangerous situations across the world.

The session will leave participants with two main foundations of understanding:

  • How climate change intersects with national security via environmental shocks, social destabilization, and institutional stress;
  • And how these climate security threats are projected to impact each region of the world over the course of the next century.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to anticipate the impacts of climate change on human society — where and how we will be the most vulnerable to growing insecurities. This will better prepare climate experts and novices alike to integrate climate security into their planning efforts, in order to prevent the worst climate threats and to prepare for those we cannot.


What: CLIMATE CHANGE AND ACTION  – Climate Change and Security

When: Friday November 27, from 12:00 – 1:30  pm (Pacific Time) 

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free 

About the Presenter: Kate Guy

Kate Guy is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where she researches the intersection of climate change, national security, and global governance. She is a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Climate and Security in Washington, D.C, and serves as Deputy Director of the International Military Council on Climate and Security. 

At Oxford, Kate is a lecturer in International Relations at University College, a research assistant to the Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, and a former manager of the Oxford School of Climate Change.

Kate most recently worked in U.S. politics as Senior Policy Program Manager at the Truman National Security Project, and as assistant to the Campaign Manager of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential race. Prior to this, she was an expert on the negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement in roles at the US State Department, United Nations, the White House, and several international NGOs. 

Kate earned her B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, specializing in global environmental policy.  She was raised in Minnesota, and currently lives in London.


November 27
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm