VIDEO: 2018 World Economic Forum Responding to Extreme Environmental Risks

How can countries and communities mitigate risk and build long-term resilience?

World Economic Forum: Published on Jan 24, 2018.

2017 was one of the hottest years on record. It ranked as the second-warmest by NASA and third-warmest by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A major extension of the West Antarctic ice sheet has broken off and Swiss glaciers continue to recede. As the global climate changes and extreme weather events are proving more devastating and expensive, how can affected countries and communities mitigate risk and build long-term resilience? Is there still time to limit warming to two degrees and, if not, how do we adapt?

Responding to Extreme Environmental Risks

Today the mechanisms that are used are largely technological – food, water, heat, power – and affect every aspect of our economic and social lives. The future of people and the planet are dependent upon the technological ‘advances’ that are controlled by a few at the expense of the many. What we know about these technologies and the impacts they have on human societies and the planet is largely covered up. The truth is sugar coated and fed to the people, information omitted or falsified and presented as “the news” based on “the facts”. Climate change for example was covered up — denied, falsified, twisted, and spun — so that rich accumulators – individuals and corporations — could keep amassing vast wealth and hold onto political power. Even though they knew the existential risk — that what they were doing was exacerbating the conditions in the biosphere that make it possible for humans to live on Earth.

The cold hard truth is while President Trump and the U.S. Congress are still in denial, the Pentagon is preparing for the social and well as environmental catastrophes that are caused by climate change. So where does the public who care about the children who will be most affected by climate change find the information they need to voice their concerns and plan civil actions? How can countries and communities mitigate risk and build long-term resilience? A great panel discussion from the 2018 World Economic Forum.

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