Why we need to rethink geo-economics to beat climate change

Many policy-makers harbour the misconception that economic development and climate action are incompatible.

Emerging countries, with their high vulnerability to the effects of climate change, must play a vital role in global climate action but need the support of more developed economies.

Projects such as the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) show how nations can cooperate for economic prosperity and climate change action.

On Mousuni Island – a part of the Indian Sunderbans with a rich ecosystem and UNESCO World Heritage site status – the climate crisis has already threatened to push its approximately 13 million people and the endangered Bengal tiger to their limit. Within the 4,000-square-mile archipelago, 70% of the land is just a few feet above sea level. In some parts of the region, the sea is already advancing about 200 yards a year, causing residents of Mousuni Island to leave entirely and putting them on the frontline of the climate crisis.

Climate change has landed and is taking human life, undermining livelihoods, destroying infrastructure, shaking national economies and stressing state budgets. According to a new SIPRI report, climate change is transforming and redefining the global security landscape and the implications of climate change for peace and security have become increasingly embedded within the security discourse.

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