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Climate change, perhaps today’s most challenging peace and security issue, is a direct threat to human survival and wellbeing. It is also a threat-multiplier, especially in conflict prone areas of the world.

In an effort to diminish this threat, the nations of the world have agreed to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius (2.0° C) above preindustrial levels, and to strive to limit the temperature increase to a safer target of 1.5° C. As of now, the current trajectory of temperature rise is far off course. To successfully limit global warming to 1.5° C, ambitious and transformative policy action is needed.


Current Work

To help the world reach this ambitious goal, the Stanley Foundation is engaging key stakeholders at multiple levels to determine and pursue transformational pathways necessary to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5° C. In particular, our programming focuses on:

  • Advancing the determination of necessary transformational pathways in the next 18 months so as to inspire policy development and action that make a 1.5° C target achievable.
  • Encouraging sub- and nonstate actors to be on the leading edge of identifying and pursuing necessary transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5° C.
  • Fostering cooperation between and among advocates, sub- and nonstate actors, and the policymaking community as they innovate on the most challenging transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5° C.

The foundation is part of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, which is working to promote stronger and more ambitious sub- and nonstate climate action and as a catalyst for transformational actions at all levels.

Contact Rei Tang for more information.


Latest Publication

The Circular Economy Pathway to Pursuing 1.5° C
(A presentation on circular economy strategies and climate change)
Other Publication
May 2017

Circular economy strategies—which address climate change, excessive resource extraction, and waste generation in parallel—expand the set of solutions and tools for climate action, giving policymakers more options and flexibility for limiting global warming to 1.5° C. Read More

Publications

May 2017
The Circular Economy Pathway to Pursuing 1.5° C
(A presentation on circular economy strategies and climate change)

Other Publication (9,938K)

April 2017
Strengthening Just Transition Policies in International Climate Governance
Anabella Rosemberg
Policy Analysis Brief (471K)

April 2017
Countdown to 2020
Policy Dialogue Brief (331K)

November 2016
Setting Climate Action Objectives for Pursuing the 1.5° C Target
57th Strategy for Peace Conference
Conference Report (315K)

August 2016
An Evolutionary Approach to Governing Global Problems: Climate Policy After Paris
Charles F. Sabel and David G. Victor
Policy Analysis Brief (570K)

May 2016
Technology Development and Transfer for a Safe Climate Future
Ambuj Sagar
Policy Analysis Brief (1,380K)

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Op-Eds and Articles

April 2017
Cooperation and Collective Action
Joseph McNamara, Editor, The Stanley Foundation

April 2017
International Order at Risk
Keith Porter, President, The Stanley Foundation

April 2017
Farming a Warmer Planet
Zack Colman, Christian Science Monitor

November 2016
Accelerate Climate Change Action
Michael Tubman

July 2016
No Time to Lose
By Bill Hare

May 2016
The Paris Agreement marks an unprecedented opportunity to quell the tide of climate change, and Iowans have a role to play
Published April 22, 2016 in Little Village

Todd Edwards, Stanley Foundation Program Officer

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HIGHLIGHTS
A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia
The Ground Truth Project, New America, and the Stanley Foundation are hosting a Screening of “A Climate for Conflict” and discussion with the creators followed by a panel discussion on Climate Security and Societal Resilience on May 30, 2017.

Somalia today is at a crossroads between a deepening crisis and a path to stability. Photographer and filmmaker Nichole Sobecki and writer Laura Heaton spent 18 months documenting personal stories of Somalia, creating a film, photography, and reporting that vividly illustrate the human consequences and security risks of a changing climate. Read more.

Follow the conversation online with #AClimateforConflict.


Courier Courier
The Spring 2017 issue of Courier provides insight and perspective on different global policy areas, including mass atrocity prevention in the Gambia and climate change agricultural innovation in Morocco. This issue also features a special look at the global order by Stanley Foundation president, Keith Porter; a feature on the struggle of a Somalian refugee hoping to resettle in the US; and a Q&A from our latest explorer award winner. The full Spring 2017 issue. PDF (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.

Stanley Foundation at 60
On December 12, 1956, the Stanley Foundation was certified as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Iowa, bringing to life an organization dedicated to creating a world in which there is a secure peace with freedom and justice. Sixty years later, the organization continues to pursue and advance that vision as a thriving nonpartisan operating foundation. Moreover, it remains an organization with a professional staff and the involvement of family members who have an ongoing role in shaping its strategy and core values. More.

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