Preparing for the Coming Storm: The Security Sector and the Environment

Climate change and environmental degradation are impacting human security – whether through natural disasters of increasing frequency and severity, the potential of resource scarcity to exacerbate existing tensions and create new conflict dynamics, or long-term effects such as forced migration. A key question for governments and communities alike is: what might actually make us more secure in an era shaped by climate change? And what role can the security and justice sectors play, not only in responding to climate-induced crises but also in tackling the factors driving climate change to begin with? These are the questions which guided DCAF’s conversation with a panel of environmental and security experts on September 22, 2021.